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There Is No Biological Reason to Eat Three Meals a Day -- So Why Do We Do It?

For most of history, meals were very variable.

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"But now there's kid food, there's teenager food and there's grownup food, so some parents end up buying three times as much food" as their own parents did. 

"They're being manipulated into it, guilted into thinking: I'm so busy all week and I have so little quality time with my kids that the least I can do for them is let them eat as they like rather than making a stand and insisting that we all eat the same thing together."

Anneli Rufus is the author of several books, most recently The Scavenger's Manifesto (Tarcher Press, 2009). Read more of Anneli's writings on scavenging at

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