The CDC Reveals New Stats on US Fast Food Consumption

More than one in three Americans eat fast food on a daily basis.

Each day, more than a third of Americans indulge in fast food or pizza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has gathered data from 2013 to 2016 with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Over the four years, the analysists surveyed 10,000 people and relied on physical examinations and in-person interviews to produce demographic, health, and socioeconomic data. The results were rather shocking. 

Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, 37 percent of Americans eat fast food at some point during the day. Among those who eat fast food, 44 percent do so for lunch while 42 percent at dinner. Most fast food consumers range from ages 20 to 39 years old; 45 percent of this age group eats fast food daily. However, studies have shown that from the ages of 40 to 50, only 38 percent of people eat fast food. The colossal percentage of young adults who consume fast food is troubling. 


The period between 20 to 39 years old is the fundamental time to maintain a healthy body. Yet, indulging in a great amount of fast food at a young age significantly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, dementia, and other health issues later on in life.

The NHANES survey showed that the percentage of adults who ate fast food daily had a higher income. About 32 percent of people who earn 130 percent less than the poverty line ate fast food daily. However, this severely contrasts with the 42 percent of people above the 350 percent poverty line who consume fast food on a daily basis. 

Fast food is high in calories, fat, and sodium, a combination that increases the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases. As dietitian Liz Weinandy points out, "When we hear about a shark attack, we're scared and we avoid that beach. But what we really should be afraid of is double cheeseburgers and French fries."

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