1 in 3 US adults eat fast food each day

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A new study has revealed something that shouldn't come as a shock to too many people - Americans love their fast food. The data doesn't say that those same people eat fast food every day, but each day of the year, almost 37% of American adults are consuming fast food.

The study, by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (you can read it in full here), found that nearly 40 per cent of Americans admit to eating fast food every day. That's about 85 million people.

Black men were the most avid consumers of fast food - nearly 42 percent had eaten the fare over the past day, the report found.

"Other studies that have looked at 24-hour dietary recall like this have found a similar thing: that about a third of kids on any given day eat fast food", Harris said. Her team tracked data from in-person government surveys conducted with thousands of USA adults between 2013 and 2016.

Health officials say too much high-calorie fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. "Consumers can find nutritional information on calories on the menu in most fast food establishments and restaurants".

The percentage of adults who said they consumed fast food rose with family income level, according to the report.

"That connection or correlation is opposite of what I perhaps would have expected", he said. Among middle-income families (whose income was between 130% and 350% of the poverty line), 36.4% ate fast food on a typical day.

'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.

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

Among those who had eaten fast food, 43.7% did so during lunch, 42% during dinner, 22.7% during breakfast and 22.6% as snacks, according to the report.

"On average, they'd gone 2½ - actually 2.4 - times per week". And after we turn 60, only 24.1 percent of us rely on fast food for at least one of our daily meals or snacks. We do know that parents take their children, they say, because it's convenient, it's a good value, and their kids like the food.

"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. Roughly 35 percent of Hispanic consumers and 31 percent of Asian-American consumers said they had eaten fast food the prior day.

"It is amusing, when we see news clips of a shark swimming near a beach, it scares us into not going near that beach".

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