Fast food meals are a favorite daily diet of senior citizens according to study results reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Furthermore, the statistics show that thirty three per cent of American adults eat fast food on any given day. This, even though, the constant dire warnings about its bad impact on health and obesity. The rate is especially high for young adults and gradually drops with age.
Fast-food consumption causes an increased intake of calories, fat and sodium. This diet can often lead to an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Nevertheless, fast food is very popular because it tastes good, and is cheap, convenient, and readily available.
Fast Food: Statistics
The study, the first federal examination of adult quickly prepared food eating habits, is based on a survey of 10,000 adults from 2013 to 2016.
Forty-five per cent of 20- to 39-year-olds eat fast food on a given day. The rate drops to thirty eight percent for ages 40 to 59 and to 25 percent for senior citizens, aged 60 and older.
Among senior citizens, men favor fast food daily more so than aged women of the same age bracket.
Among the general population, the statistics for daily fast food consumption breaks down this way:
• African American adults (42.4 percent) had a higher rate of consumption than non-Hispanic whites (37.6 percent). Somewhat lower rates were found for Hispanic adults (35.5 percent) and Asians (30.6 percent).
• The rich are more likely than the poor to turn to these foods. Forty two percent of higher-income adults eat this diet daily. The rate drops to 36 percent for those of middle income and to 32 percent for those of lower income.
• Adults eat this food most often at lunch (44 percent). For dinner it’s 42.0 percent, and at breakfast — 23 percent. And finally, it is a preferred snack for all age groups, coming in at 27 per cent.
It’s certainly tasty, but not healthy.