11% of American Calories From Fast Food
US children consuming fewer calories, too
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 8:58 AM CST
This undated file photo shows a large order of McDonald's french fries.   (AP Photo/Rich Kareckas,File)

(Newser) – The average American gets 11% of his or her calories from fast food—and, believe it or not, that's relatively good news, reports the AP. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 11,000 adults from 2007 to 2010, asking what they ate over the previous 24 hours, and those results are actually down from 13% in the CDC's previous survey for 2003-2006. Among the latest survey's findings:

  • Adults 20 to 39 years old get 15% of their calories from fast food, versus just 6% for those 60 and older.
  • Blacks get 15% of their calories from fast food, versus 11% for whites and Hispanics.
  • Young black adults topped the survey with 21%.

Not all health experts are convinced by the survey, though. "If I were a fast-food company, I'd say, `See, we have nothing to do with obesity! Americans are getting 90 percent of their calories somewhere else!'" said one nutritionist who suspects the change actually represents more adults lying about their eating habits. But another CDC study shows that children are reducing their calories, too, down 7% in boys from 1999 to 2010 and 4.5% in girls, reports the New York Times. The drop, which experts say they hope helps reduce childhood obesity, mostly came from a reduction in carbohydrates, while calories from fat remained stable and those from protein increased. “To reverse the current prevalence of obesity, these numbers have to be a lot bigger,” says an NYU nutrition professor. “But they are trending in the right direction, and that’s good news.”

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
11% of American Calories From Fast Food is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 15 comments
Feb 24, 2013 11:56 AM CST
Interesting that everything today seems to be done along racial lines, even who eats fast food.
Feb 21, 2013 1:21 PM CST
11% wouldn't be so bad, if people weren't eating 6000+ calories a day.
Feb 21, 2013 12:11 PM CST
When I eat fast food I cry in the shower like I've be gang raped by five dudes that just got out of prison in Guadalajara... so basically like any other Tuesday...Regardless I don't know how people eat that crap on the reg. People that submit to their evolutionary desires for fat, salt, and sugar should consider heroin, it's way easier on their cholesterol.