Almost 37 percent of American adults ate fast food on any given day between 2013 and 2016, according to a new CDC data brief.
Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day. That's about 85 million people.
Men are more likely to eat fast food at lunch, according to the CDC, but women tend to eat fast food as a snack more often than men. Among those 60 and older, just 24 percent said they had eaten fast food in the last day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. Her team tracked data from in-person government surveys conducted with thousands of US adults between 2013 and 2016. And among high-income families (those with incomes above 350 percent of the poverty line), 42 percent dined on fast food on a typical day.
'These people probably grew up with fast food, and they're not cooking as much, setting themselves up for conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, ' she told Daily Mail Online.
In fact, the more money someone has, the more likely he or she is to partake of fast food on any given day.
The data revealed that fast food consumption varied by age, income level, race and sex.
"In addition, a higher percentage of non-Hispanic white adults consumed fast food than did non-Hispanic Asian adults".
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. That's significantly more than the 39.1 percent of women who do the same.
"Fast food consumption has been associated with increased intake of calories, fat, and sodium". Its biggest fans are African Americans, 42.4 percent of whom ate it on a typical day.
She added that despite fast food establishments saying they're offering healthier options - they merely have the perception of being healthy. When asked by researchers, 37 percent of adults said they'd eaten fast food at least once over the past 24 hours.
'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.
"Adults can go to the grocery store more and prep food to take on the go so we don't have to get in a situation where we need to rely on fast food so much", she said. "I see many people who are successful at this, though, when they take a couple of hours on the weekend, and again midweek, to prep food and then plan ahead just a little to take some things with them".
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