Nearly 40% Of Americans Admit To Eating Fast Food Every Day

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

Almost half of American men - 48.3 percent - eat fast food for lunch on any given day.

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.

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

The report - which drew its findings from information collected from 10,000 adults between 2013 and 2016 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - found that fast food intake was higher among consumers in middle- and higher-income brackets.

On the other hand, about 1 in 4 women (25.7 percent) treat themselves to a fast-food snack on a typical day, compared with 1 in 5 men (19.5 percent).

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 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.

Additional reporting provided by Newsy affiliate CNN.

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A person's income also played a key role in how often they ate fast food.

Fast food has been linked to many health issues beyond weight gain. And among high-income families (those with incomes above 350% of the poverty line), 42% dined on fast food on a typical day. "Fast food has been associated with poor diet and increased risk of obesity". 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. On a typical day, 22.7 percent of Americans get their breakfast from a fast-food outlet.

Still, the CDC said that fast food's ubiquity and price can make it an attractive option for some people.

'Things like poultry, fish, even leaner cuts of red meat - also picking more water and staying away from sugar-sweetened beverages and diet soda, ' she said.

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

'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.

She adds that it's also up to primary care physicians to talk their patients about the dangers of eating too much fast food.

'And from there, you're establishing good behavior for kids to follow'.

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