Here’s Who Buys Fast Food, According To The CDC

ATLANTA — More than a third of U.S. adults eat what the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) terms fast food on “any given day,” according to a new study by the agency. But who eats fast food is more telling.

Fast-food consumers are more likely to be younger and wealthier. They’re more likely to be male and African-American, and they like lunch more than any other daypart.

The study analyzed eating habits between 2013 and 2016. Researchers asked consumers whether they ate fast food over the previous 24-hour period. For the study, pizza is included in the fast-food definition.

Such studies can be flawed—consumers, for instance, may underreport their fast-food eating habits or they don’t recall what they ate.

Yet the results provide some interesting findings about who eats fast food and when.     MORE

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