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. A previous report estimated that adults consumed 11.3 per cent of their total daily calories from fast food.
The researchers found that 31.7 percent lower-income adults, 36.4 percent of middle-income adults and 42.0 percent of higher-income adults consume alcohol on a given day, showing how the percentage of people who are eating fast food increases as income level does.
Americans can't get enough fast food, suggests a survey published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The data in the study came from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the years 2013 through 2016. Black men consumed the most fast food, with almost 42 percent stating that they had eaten fast food in the past 24 hours.
"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.
Fast food consumption also varied by race, with black adults eating the highest amount at 42.4 percent.
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Fast food is on the menu all day long. For non-Hispanic white adults, 37.6 percent consumed fast food on a given day, while 35.5 percent of Hispanic adults and 30.6 percent of non-Hispanic Asian adults did. However, more women (25.7%) than men (19.5%) said they had it as a snack. Among middle-income families (whose income was between 130% and 350% of the poverty line), 36.4% ate fast food on a typical day. Its biggest fans are African Americans, 42.4 percent of whom ate it on a typical day.
Still, the CDC said that fast food's ubiquity and price can make it an attractive option for some people.
The report found that Americans tend to taper off fast foods as they age.
Our taste for fast food seems to diminish with age.
Although fast food is typically higher in unhealthy saturated fat, sodium and calories, it tends to be low in several key nutrients that adult bodies need to flourish and that children's bodies need to grow, said Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, who was not involved in the new CDC report.
'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. "It takes time and some organization".