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

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

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

A new study has revealed something that shouldn't come as a shock to too many people - Americans love their fast food.

Pick a day at random, and you can bet that almost 40% of Americans will eat fast food during those 24 hours, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

On a given day, 36.6 percent of American adults will consume fast food, and that percentage only rises with higher income brackets.

"We focused on fast food for this report because fast food has played an important role in the American diet in recent decades", she said. "Fast food has been associated with poor diet and increased risk of obesity".

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

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

"Most fast food is not good for our bodies", said Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. "Consumers can find nutritional information on calories on the menu in most fast food establishments and restaurants". Another 22.8 percent get a snack from a fast-food joint. 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.

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. "People have the lowest health risk when they eat fruits and vegetables and whole grains", he said. On a typical day, 22.7 percent of Americans get their breakfast from a fast-food outlet.

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

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Though it does take two to conceive, and often to parent, women at least make more of an effort to cut out fast food. Its biggest fans are African Americans, 42.4 percent of whom ate it on a typical day. People were asked to recall what they'd eaten in the past 24 hours.

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.

'So by exposing their children to fast food early on, they're getting kids into unhealthy patterns from a young age, ' she said.

By now, you might be wondering what it would take for Americans to dial back their addiction to fast food.

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