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

05 October 2018

A government study has found that 1 in 3 US adults eat fast food on any given day.

The new report was led by Cheryl Fryar of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

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

"Fast foods tend to be high in calories, fat, salt and sugar, which - when consumed in excess - can be associated with obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, among other health risks", CNN noted.

Between 2013 and 2016, 36.6% of American adults said they ate fast food in the past 24 hours, according to interviews conducted through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The survey assesses the health of adults and children in the U.S. and tracks changes over time, looking at who eats it (age, income, gender) and how they eat it (where and when).

The report found that Americans tend to taper off fast foods as they age. Only 24.1 percent of adults aged 60 and older consumed fast food, while 37.7 percent of adults ages 40 to 59 and 44.9 percent of adults aged 20 to 39 did.

The percentage of adults who said they consumed fast food rose with family income level, according to the report. And among high-income families (those with incomes above 350% of the poverty line), 42% dined on fast food on a typical day.

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

Fast food is on the menu all day long. "People have the lowest health risk when they eat fruits and vegetables and whole grains", he said.

"In addition, a higher percentage of non-Hispanic white adults consumed fast food than did non-Hispanic Asian adults". 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). The team also noticed a difference between men and women: 37.9 percent of men consumed fast food but only 35.4 percent of women did. However, more women (25.7%) than men (19.5%) said they had it as a snack.

Almost half of American men - 48.3 percent - eat fast food for lunch on any given day. People were asked to recall what they'd eaten in the past 24 hours.

For example, while about 32 percent of lower-income folks ate fast food daily, more than 36 percent of middle-income consumers had fast food on a given day, as did 42 percent of those with higher incomes, the report found.

Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day.

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