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Study: Americans get 11 percent of their calories from fast food

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two new reports Thursday on the amount of fast foods Americans consume. These reports are based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
(ABC) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two new reports Thursday on the amount of fast foods Americans consume.

These reports are based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

More than 20,000 U.S. adults participated in the study between 2007 and 2010. Researchers found that, on average, 11 percent of their total daily calories came from fast food.

That’s actually a decrease from the years between 2003 and 2006 when that figure was 13 percent.

Adults aged 20 to 39 ate the most burgers, fries, pizza and other takeout food.

The consumption of fast food among the participating men and women decreased as they got older.

Those 60 years old and over got the fewest calories from fast food – just six percent.

Non-Hispanic African American adults eat more fast food than any other ethnic group, which was more than 20 percent of their calorie intake.

Researchers found that overall income was not a factor.

However, among younger adults, the percentage of calories from fast food greatly decreased as their incomes rose.

Body weight did make a difference. The study showed that as a person’s weight increased, so did the amount of fast food they consumed regardless of age.

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