More than a third of Americans now consume fast food on a given day, with higher earners taking more frequent trips to the drive-thru, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From 2013 to 2016, approximately 37 percent of adults got fast food on a given day, the study released Wednesday said. It is the first federal analysis illustrating the prevalence of fast food in adults' diets.
The CDC found that black Americans are more likely to consume fast food than other races, with 42.4 percent chowing down on burgers or pizza every day. In comparison, 37.6 percent of whites ate fast food every day, versus 35 percent of of Hispanics and 30 percent of Asians.
Along gender lines, men ate more fast food than women for lunch, but a higher percentage of women got it as a snack.
“Fast food is a part of the American diet and has been associated with high caloric intake, and poor diet quality,” CDC said.
The share of adults who got fast food increased along with income level.
The analysis found that 31.7 percent of the adults surveyed who earned less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level got fast food on a given day. The same was true for 36.4 percent of people with middle income and 42 percent with a high income (greater than 350 percent of the poverty level).
The data is based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which spoke with more than 20,000 Americans on a variety of health and nutrition issues from 2011 to 2014.
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