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05 October 2018, 10:26 | Melissa Porter
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.
Breaking down the statistics even further, Fryer's team found that black consumers were more likely to have eaten fast food on a given day than white consumers (42 percent compared to 38 percent, respectively). Men tended to eat more fast food than women, Fryar's group said.
That's the finding from a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"There is no reason to completely avoid fast food, but it shouldn't be consumed regularly", she said.
Fast food consumption also varied by race, with black adults eating the highest amount at 42.4 percent.
They also reported that as American adults aged, the percentage of daily fast food consumption lessened.
Whatever your income bracket, fast food probably isn't doing your health any favors. Among middle-income families (whose income was between 130 percent and 350 percent of the poverty line), 36.4 percent ate fast food on a typical day.
The researchers found that 31.7 percent lower-income adults, 36.4 percent of middle-income adults and 42.0 percent of higher-income adults consume alcohol on a given day, showing how the percentage of people who are eating fast food increases as income level does.
"On average, they'd gone 2½ - actually 2.4 - times per week".
'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. 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.
She added that despite fast food establishments saying they're offering healthier options - they merely have the perception of being healthy.
A new study has revealed something that shouldn't come as a shock to too many people - Americans love their fast food.
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. "However, what we should be scared of is double cheeseburgers, French fries and large amounts of sugary beverages", Weinandy said.
"Fast food consumption has been associated with increased intake of calories, fat, and sodium. 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".