February 19, 2019

Here's how much fast food Americans are eating

05 October 2018, 10:23 | Randall Craig

The United States of fast food: CDC reveals 40% of Americans eat fast food every day

Almost 40% of Americans Eat Fast Food on Any Given Day, Report Says

One in every three adults in the United States, or about 37 percent, consume fast food on any given day, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Weinandy said while it's not realistic to tell people not to eat fast food, she would like to see healthier options.

The CDC noted in its statement that fast food has been associated with a variety of problems, including elevated caloric intake and poor diet quality.

When asked to recall what they had eaten in the past 24 hours, about 45 percent of consumers in their 20s and 30s reported having eaten fast food over the past day.

The new report included data on about 10,000 people 20 and older from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2013-2016. 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.

"There is no reason to completely avoid fast food, but it shouldn't be consumed regularly", she said. And as family income rises, so, too, does a person's likelihood of eating fast food. Released Wednesday, the report compares the percentage of fast-food eating adults for demographic characteristics such as age, race and income level between the years 2013 and 2016.

"That connection or correlation is opposite of what I perhaps would have expected", he said.

"The more of it we eat, the more likely we are to be overweight or obese and have increased risk for several diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome when talking to patients", she said.

The report also found that a higher percentage of non-Hispanic black adults - 42.4% - said they consumed fast food than non-Hispanic white adults at 37.6%, non-Hispanic Asian adults at 30.6% and Hispanic adults at 35.5%. The most common meal for fast food intake was lunch (43.7 percent), followed by dinner (42.0 percent), then breakfast (22.8 percent) and snacks (22.6 percent).

'Anecdotally, I know women are much more likely to pack their lunches and I see a lot of women eat salads because they're trying to watch their weight whereas men will eat a substantial meal where it's a burger or fries or whatever, ' said Weinandy. However, more women (25.7%) than men (19.5%) said they had it as a snack.

Black men were the most avid consumers of fast food - nearly 42 percent had eaten the fare over the past day, the report found.

It's commonly believed that low-income adults are more likely to eat fast food due to the cheap prices, but the report found fast food consumption actually rose with increasing family income level.

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