Does it seem like your family's meals are always consumed "on the run." Sitting down for a family meal may feel like a luxury you can't afford with your family's busy schedules. Mom, dad, and kids have other commitments or their schedules just aren't in synch to allow for a relaxed family meal.
When I was a kid my dad would get home from teaching high school and we'd have to rush through dinner so that he could go to teach his evening class at a local college. While a more relaxed dinner would have been better, I'm glad we got to eat together. Research shows that families who share four or five meals together each week have kids who eat more fruits and vegetables, have healthier eating habits in general, and are at less risk for obesity.
Eating on the run increases the risk of childhood obesity and developing poor eating habits and may contribute to development of an eating disorder. In my clinical work with bulimic patients I often find that there is a lengthy history of chaotic eating. They may grab a snack or get something out of a vending machine, eat while standing-up, or eat in their car after using the drive-up window of a fast-food restaurant, but often there are few sit-down family meals.