The family dinner is dying. Most Americans report eating dinner as a family fewer than five days per week.

Why is it so important to eat together? For one thing, you're less likely to eat fast food or eat out, which makes it more likely that you'll be eating a healthy meal. And there are other benefits too.

But more importantly, children whose families eat together have better attendance at school, are less likely to be overweight, and less likely to struggle with drugs and alcohol.

If those aren't reasons enough to make everyone pull up a chair, we don't know what is.

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