Fast food is on the menu all day long.
When asked by researchers, 37 percent of adults said they'd eaten fast food at least once over the past 24 hours.
On average, adults in the USA consumed 11.3% of their total daily calories from fast food between 2007 and 2010, according to a National Center for Health Statistics data brief published in 2013. The CDC didn't say whether the consumption figure has risen or declined since 2016.
'These people probably grew up with fast food, and they're not cooking as much, setting themselves up for conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes, ' she told Daily Mail Online. Often, doctors warn patients from consuming too much fast food for fear of health problems that could arise from eating too much of it to the detriment of healthier alternatives, like fruits and vegetables. But higher-income families ate fast food more often than lower-income families, and blacks ate it more than other racial or ethnic groups.
The report found that Americans tend to taper off fast foods as they age. Among middle-income families (whose income was between 130 percent and 350 percent of the poverty line), 36.4 percent ate fast food on a typical day. Slightly more men than women - nearly 38%, versus about 35% - reported eating fast food over the past day.
"In addition, a higher percentage of non-Hispanic white adults consumed fast food than did non-Hispanic Asian adults". And after we turn 60, only 24.1 percent of us rely on fast food for at least one of our daily meals or snacks.
When it came to gender, men were most likely to buy fast food for lunch, while women would purchase it as a quick and cheap snack. Black men consumed the most fast food, with almost 42 percent stating that they had eaten fast food in the past 24 hours. The most common meal for fast food intake was lunch (43.7 percent), followed by dinner (42.0 percent), then breakfast (22.8 percent) and snacks (22.6 percent).
"There is no reason to completely avoid fast food, but it shouldn't be consumed regularly", she said. We do know that parents take their children, they say, because it's convenient, it's a good value, and their kids like the food.
'Things like poultry, fish, even leaner cuts of red meat - also picking more water and staying away from sugar-sweetened beverages and diet soda, ' she said.
"We do know that fast food advertising has gone up during that time by pretty large amounts".
She added that despite fast food establishments saying they're offering healthier options - they merely have the perception of being healthy.
Our taste for fast food seems to diminish with age.