May 12, 2010

Bring Back Home Economics Education

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Cardiovascular Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Lichtenstein); Optimal Weight for Life Program, Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston (Dr Ludwig).

JAMA. 2010;303(18):1857-1858. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.592

Home economics, otherwise known as domestic education, was a fixture in secondary schools through the 1960s, at least for girls. The underlying concept was that future homemakers should be educated in the care and feeding of their families. This idea now seems quaint, but in the midst of a pediatric obesity epidemic and concerns about the poor diet quality of adolescents in the United States, instruction in basic food preparation and meal planning skills needs to be part of any long-term solution.

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