Peak fast-food consumption occurs in our 20s and 30s - 44.9 percent of survey-takers in this age group ate fast food on a typical day.
But despite public health campaigns, new figures released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 37 percent of United States adults are not taking the message to heart. Eating fast food on a given day was also most common among black adults (about 42%), followed by white (almost 38%), Hispanic (35.5%) and Asian (almost 31%) adults.
When it came to gender, men were most likely to buy fast food for lunch, while women would purchase it as a quick and low-priced snack.
Americans can't get enough fast food, suggests a survey published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The percentage of adults who said they consumed fast food rose with family income level, according to the report. On a typical day, 22.7 percent of Americans get their breakfast from a fast-food outlet.
Every single day more than one third of Americans eat something that is widely known to cause all sorts of health issues - fast food. Among those 60 and older, just 24 percent said they had eaten fast food in the last day.
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Still, the CDC said that fast food's ubiquity and price can make it an attractive option for some people. The overall percentage of adults who consumed fast food decreased with age, increased with income, and was higher among non-Hispanic black persons compared with other race and Hispanic-origin groups.
"On average, they'd gone 2½ - actually 2.4 - times per week". But "what we should be scared of is double cheeseburgers, french fries and large amounts of sugary beverages".
"These findings remind us that fast food companies have figured out a way to conveniently fit into our daily routine, despite their [products'] negative health implications", Boehmer said. "Consumers can find nutritional information on calories on the menu in most fast food establishments and restaurants".
Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, conceded that it's unsurprising that younger people eat the most fast food, but she said the rates are very concerning.
Fryer said she and her colleagues chose to look into fast food consumption statistics because this type of fare has been linked 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".