Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Here’s how much fast food Americans are eating

Here’s how much fast food Americans are eating

After the age of 40, Americans' fast food consumption steadily declines, the study showed.

Among those whose family income was less than or equal to 130% of the federal poverty line (which was set at $11,770 for a single person or $24,250 for a family of four in 2016), 31.7% ate fast food on a typical day. A 2011 study found that people who eat fast food and processed pastries are 51 percent more likely to develop depression, and a 2016 study found fast food contains phthalates, which could lead to reproductive issues such as birth defects. Non-Hispanic black adults ate more fast food in the study than non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Asian, and Hispanic adults, according to the CDC.

'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.

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"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. Among those 60 and older, just 24 percent said they had eaten fast food in the last day.

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"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.

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. "So those numbers are pretty comparable to about a third on any given day", Harris said.

"We do know that fast food advertising has gone up during that time by pretty large amounts. So all of those are driving purchases of fast food", Harris said. Black men consumed the most fast food, with almost 42 percent stating that they had eaten fast food in the past 24 hours. "Consumers can find nutritional information on calories on the menu in most fast food establishments and restaurants".

Fast food restaurants have earned a reputation of serving meals and snacks both high in calories and lacking key elements such as fruits and vegetables.

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

"Fast food consumption has been associated with increased intake of calories, fat, and sodium".

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