Caloric intake from fast food among children and adolescents in the United States, 2011-2012
Published Date:September 2015
Corporate Authors:National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
African Americans/statistics & Numerical Data
Asian Americans/statistics & Numerical Data
European Continental Ancestry Group/statistics & Numerical Data
Fast Foods/statistics & Numerical Data*
Hispanic Americans/statistics & Numerical Data
Series:NCHS data brief ; no. 213
DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2015–1209
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
• In 2011–2012, just over one-third of children and adolescents consumed fast food on a given day.
• In 2011–2012, children and adolescents consumed on average 12.4% of their daily calories from fast food restaurants.
• Caloric intake from fast foods was higher in adolescents aged 12–19 years than in children aged 2–11 years.
• Non-Hispanic Asian children had significantly lower caloric intake from fast food compared with non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic children.
• No significant differences in caloric intake from fast food were noted by sex, poverty status, or weight status.
Consumption of fast food has been linked to weight gain in adults (1). Fast food has also been associated with higher caloric intake and poorer diet quality in children and adolescents (2). From 1994 through 2006, caloric intake from fast food increased from 10% to 13% among children aged 2-18 years (3). This report presents the most recent data on the percentage of calories consumed from fast food among U.S. children by sex, age group, race and Hispanic origin, poverty status, and weight status.
Suggested citation: Vikraman S, Fryar CD, Ogden CL. Caloric intake from fast food among children and adolescents in the United States, 2011–2012. NCHS data brief, no 213. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015
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