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1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food each day

05 October 2018

There was one surprise: Bucking the notion that poorer Americans favor fast food the most, the report found that intake actually rose with income. These numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are based on a survey of about 10,000 adults over four years.

"On any given day in the United States, an estimated 36.6% or approximately 84.8 million adults consume fast food", said Cheryl Fryar, first author of the report and a health statistician at the CDC. Almost 45% of those between the ages of 20 and 39 eat fast food each day, but just 24.1% of those aged 60 and over do the same. That includes 37.9 percent of men and 35.4 percent of women, according to a report published Wednesday by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Non-Hispanic black adults ate more fast food in the study than non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Asian, and Hispanic adults, according to the CDC. Among men and women who consumed fast food, a higher percentage of men ate it for lunch, while a higher percentage of women ate it as a snack.

'These people probably grew up with fast food, and they're not cooking as much, setting themselves up for conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, ' she told Daily Mail Online.

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Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, conceded that it's unsurprising that younger people eat the most fast food, but she said the rates are very concerning.

The data revealed that fast food consumption varied by age, income level, race and sex. "Consumers can find nutritional information on calories on the menu in most fast food establishments and restaurants". On a typical day, 22.7 percent of Americans get their breakfast from a fast-food outlet.

Though it does take two to conceive, and often to parent, women at least make more of an effort to cut out fast food.

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'We know that people who are overweight or obese are more likely to be eating fast foods, but people really listen to their doctors, ' Weinandy said.

Findings also showed fast food consumption decreased with age.

Our taste for fast food seems to diminish with age.

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Fast food restaurants have earned a reputation of serving meals and snacks both high in calories and lacking key elements such as fruits and vegetables. But "what we should be scared of is double cheeseburgers, french fries and large amounts of sugary beverages". "I see many people who are successful at this, though, when they take a couple of hours on the weekend, and again midweek, to prep food and then plan ahead just a little to take some things with them".

1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food each day