Fast Food and the American Diet
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) published data in February that stated from 2007 to 2010 the average American adult consumed a tenth of their daily calories from fast food. Chains of drive-through burger joints and other quick eats establishments grew in popularity during the 1990s, leading greasy, comfort-food lovers to eat less nutritious and gain weight.1
The Fast Food Diet
The NHANES stated that from 2007 to 2010, fast food made up 11.3 percent of the average American’s diet; however, fortunately, this percentage had dropped from the 12.8 percent in 2003 to 2006.1 The survey found that men and women were equally as guilty in indulging in a dollar-menu treat, and as the ages of the respondents rose, the less fast food was consumed.1 For people aged 60 or over, on average, fast food accounted for six percent of their diet, compared with 10.5 percent for ages 40 to 59 and 15.3 percent for ages 20 to 39.1
Fast Food and Race
Compared to Caucasian and Hispanic races, African-Americans consumed more fast food, with young African-Americans obtaining a fifth of their diet from a drive-thru.1 Also, people who were of a thinner build consumed less fast food than those who were of a heavier set.1 Income status did not play a significant role.1
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