About 37 Percent Of Americans Eat Fast Food Every Day

Study 1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food each day

About 85 million Americans chomp on fast food on any given day according to a new study

But in the USA, it's something adults just can't seem to live without.

On a given day, 36.6 percent of American adults will consume fast food, and that percentage only rises with higher income brackets.

On average, adults in the United States consumed 11.3% of their total daily calories from fast food between 2007 and 2010, according to a National Center for Health Statistics data brief published in 2013.

'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. 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.

"Most fast food is not good for our bodies", said Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

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In addition to analyzing the entire US adult population, the CDC found that age is a factor in determining whether people will eat fast food.

The report found that Americans tend to taper off fast foods as they age. And among high-income families (those with incomes above 350% of the poverty line), 42% dined on fast food on a typical day.

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.

Men tend to eat more fast food than women, said the survey, and non-Hispanic black adults consumed more fast food (42 percent) compared to other races. The team also noticed a difference between men and women: 37.9 percent of men consumed fast food but only 35.4 percent of women did.

Most adults reported eating fast food at lunch and dinner, at 43.7 percent and 42 percent respectively.

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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. Only 24.1 percent of adults aged 60 and older consumed fast food, while 37.7 percent of adults ages 40 to 59 and 44.9 percent of adults aged 20 to 39 did. Reading over the report, she said, "On any given day, over one-third of Americans consume fast food - that's a lot of Big Macs and pizza".

Find out more about healthy eating at the American Heart Association.

Weinandy says policies put in place at the federal level, similar to former first lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' campaign, could help this trend decrease.

She believes that policymakers, doctors and health food advocates need to "beat fast food companies at their own game" in order to turn things around. But "what we should be scared of is double cheeseburgers, french fries and large amounts of sugary beverages".

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