A Plastic Planet Co-Founder Sian Sutherland explains in the Huffington Post why our addiction to fast food and fast plastic is doing us harm.
The dining table, once the epitome of family solidarity and sociability, is not what it was. Britons are sitting down to dinner with their nearest and dearest less and less, and we’re all the worse for it.
The relevance of the traditional family meal, formerly considered a prerequisite of a functional household, has faded markedly in recent decades. Almost one in three Brits admit to rarely or never eating their evening meal at the dining table. A YouGov poll earlier this year revealed that a third of British children eat their evening meal in front of the TV. The dining table, once the centre of family life, is shunned in favour of meals eaten at the wheel, at the computer, or on the sofa.
The steady decline of the traditional family meal perhaps reflects the changing nature of relationships, work and leisure in the UK today. That’s not to say Brits are making less time for sociable dining experiences because they are spending more time at the office, however. We work fewer hours than our parents and grandparents, with government stats showing a gradual decline in how long we spend at the coal face. Brits working full-time spend on average around five hours less a week at their desks than workers in the 1950s.
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