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Caloric intake from fast food among adults: United States, 2007-2010
  • Published Date:
    February 2013
  • Language:
    English
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  • Personal Authors:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
  • Series:
    NCHS data brief ; no. 114
    DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2013–1209
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  • Description:
    Key findings

    Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

    • During 2007–2010, adults consumed, on average, 11.3% of their total daily calories from fast food.

    • The consumption of calories from fast food significantly decreased with age.

    • Non-Hispanic black adults consumed a higher percentage of calories from fast food compared with non-Hispanic white and Hispanic adults.

    • No difference was observed by income status in the percentage of calories consumed from fast food among all adults. Among young adults, however, as income increased, the percentage of calories from fast food decreased.

    • The percentage of total daily calories from fast food increased as weight status increased.

    An earlier report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the percentage of adults eating fast food increased from the early 1990s to the mid-1990s (1). Moreover, previous studies have reported that more frequent fast-food consumption is associated with higher energy and fat intake and lower intake of healthful nutrients (1,2). This report indicates that for 2007–2010, on average, adults consumed just over one-tenth of their percentage of calories from fast food, which represents a decrease from 2003–2006 when approximately 13% of calories were consumed from fast food. During 2007–2010, the highest percentage of calories from fast food was consumed among adults who were aged 20–39 or non-Hispanic black or obese. Among young non-Hispanic black adults, more than one-fifth of their calories were consumed from fast food.

    Suggested citation: Fryar CD, Ervin RB. Caloric intake from fast food among adults: United States, 2007–2010. NCHS data brief, no 114. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.

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