Keeping Tabs on a Fast-Food Nation
U.S. adults get about 11 percent of their calories from fast food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to study Americans’ diets between 2007 and 2010. The new number is a decrease from the 2003-to-2006 study period, when nearly 13 percent of total calories came from restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and KFC. African Americans ate more fast food on average than non-Hispanic whites or Latinos, and overweight and obese people ate more than their normal-weight peers. The percentage of calories coming from fast food didn’t differ among various income groups, though.
Source: NCHS Data Brief, February 2013