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

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

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

According to a new report from the CDC, about 85 million Americans eat fast food on any given day with men eating more of it overall than women.

That's the finding from a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This study informs you that over a third of U.S. adults and about 45 percent of young adults consume fast food in the U.S.", Cheryl Fryar, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics and author on the study, told Newsweek. An earlier study found a similar proportion of children and adolescents ate it on any given day.

The study suggested that fast food consumption tends to dwindle with age, as that number fell to under 38 percent for those in their 40s and 50s.

Researchers analyzed several years worth of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

More men (48.3%) than women (39.1%) said they ate fast food during lunch.

Blacks were more likely to have eaten fast food on a given day than whites (roughly 42 percent vs. 38 percent, respectively), while 35.5 percent of Hispanics and 31 percent of Asian-Americans did so. "Consumers can find nutritional information on calories on the menu in most fast food establishments and restaurants". Peak fast-food consumption occurs in our 20s and 30s - 44.9 percent of survey-takers in this age group ate fast food on a typical day.

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

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Fryer said she and her colleagues chose to look into fast food consumption statistics because this type of fare has been linked with increased intake of calories, fat, and sodium.

She believes that policymakers, doctors and health food advocates need to "beat fast food companies at their own game" in order to turn things around.

"There is no reason to completely avoid fast food, but it shouldn't be consumed regularly", she said. 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).

"We do know that fast food advertising has gone up during that time by pretty large amounts. So all of those are driving purchases of fast food", Harris said.

"These findings remind us that fast food companies have figured out a way to conveniently fit into our daily routine, despite their [products'] negative health implications", Boehmer said.

Between 2013 and 2016, some 37 per cent of adults said they'd consumed fast food in the past 24 hours.

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.

'We have got an overabundance of highly processed foods that are very cheap and very easily available, ' she said.

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