Monday, May 08, 2017

Rich and poor--we all eat fast food sometimes

The popular conception is that only down-and-out, ignorant people grab a fast food burger a few times a week--or month.

A new nationwide study, however, shows that middle-income Americans are most likely to eat fast food.

Even the richest people were only slightly less likely to report that they, too, went to our popular fast fooderies.

The study, done at Ohio State's Center for Human Resource Research, used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which has questioned the same group of Americans since 1979.

The data came from 8,000 people who were asked about their fast food habits in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

The participants--in their 40s and 50s when surveyed--were asked how many times in the last week they had eaten food from McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell or the like.

Overall, 79% had eaten fast food at least once and 23% more than three meals in the week.

About 80% of the lowest 10% in income ate fast food at least once a week--but for those near the middle in income, this was 85%.

If their incomes changed over the study period, their fast food consumption did not.

The researchers also found people who ate all their meals at fast food joints--a la Morgan Spurlock, who made the film Supersize Me.

Of course, the participants were not asked what they got at the fast food places. Maybe salads or just a cup of coffee.

Sure. I am positive that's what they got.

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