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Americans prefer fast food irrespective of their income: Study

Friday October 5, 2018 3:03 PM, News Network

Fast Food Consumption in America

New York: More than one-third of American adults consumed fast food on a typical day, according to a report published on Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics from 2013-2016 show that fast food consumption decreases with age: 44.9 percent aged 20-39, 37.7 percent aged 40-59, and 24.1 percent aged 60 and over, but was evenly split between men and women with 37.9 percent of men regularly eating fast food and 35.4 percent of women, Xinhua reported.

The conventional knowledge about fast food is that people eat it when they can't afford an alternative due to a lack of money or time, but the survey reveals otherwise.

Among those whose family income was less than or equal to 130 percent of the U.S. federal poverty line, 31.7 percent ate fast food on a typical day.

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. And among high-income families, 42 percent dined on fast food on a typical day.

Fast food consumption has been associated with increased intake of calories, fat, and sodium. A previous report estimated that adults consumed 11.3 percent of their total daily calories from fast food.

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