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Over 10% Of America’s Diet is Fast Food

Over 10% Of America’s Diet is Fast Food


Fast food is about as American as baseball and (McDonald’s) apple pie. In fact, according to a new study, Americans get a whopping 11% of their calories from burgers, fries and 1,000 calorie taco salads. The research, released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asked participants whether they had eaten any fast food or pizza in the past 24 hours.

The study points to some interesting demographic differences: for one, the older you get, the less likely you are to eat fast food. Ah, the wisdom that comes with age. Younger Americans tend to eat fewer calories from fast food as their income rises — however, income has no correlation  to fast food consumption among the over 40 set. Unsurprisingly, obese people eat the most fast food on average.

As shocking as this percentage  is, though, it’s not the worst news in the world – this actually is a decrease from previous years. Between 2003 and 2006, Americans ate nearly 13% of their calories at fast food establishments. The 1990s saw a significant surge in fast food consumption – -and this surge is finally beginning to lose its steam. All we can do is hope that, the next time this data comes around, the percentage will drop even more! That, in addition to making healthier eating choices and steering our children away from fast food, of course!

What is you and your family’s your relationship to fast food? Do you eat it regularly? Do you never touch the stuff? Tell us in the comments section!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:26PM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Thanks for sharing

11:31PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

My aunt says as long as you don't look at it,it's not as bad.
She says never open the bun and look inside.
(she was talking about Mcdonalds.)
If it's too gross to look at,why would you want to eat it ??
I'm not a fan of eating out.. regardless of where it's at.
I like to know what I'm eating,and who is making it.
If the kitchen is clean and the food is fresh ..things like that.

1:34PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

the last time i ate fast food it was the 80's. but i do stop to use their restrooms when driving on trips.

5:11PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

It is called convenience. Encouraging news, though, that there is a drop in fast food diet.

1:21PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

At least!

10:44AM PST on Feb 27, 2013


10:42AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

My family of four gave up fast food about 2 years ago and couldn't be happier!!!

7:28AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

i rarely have mcdonals,if i so its a treat,I prefer my subway with a naughty cookie.

11:17AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Fast food is discusting! Not even the salads are healthy, unfortunately they will always be here for an unhealthy food option.
I will never eat fast food, but sadly my kids love it. I try so hard to convince them fast food is fake, grossly processed, fattening and unhealthy. They still beg us to go through the drive threw.

7:47AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

too many young people eat fast food as an easy way to eat. we have a takeaway chinese or indian mebbe once a month as a treat, but i plan the next few meals around that

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