Here’s some food for thought: On any given day, nearly 40% of Americans stuff their faces with some form of fast food, according to a new report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
Between 2013 and 2016, 36.6% of adults admitted to consuming fast food in the past 24 hours. Younger people, 20 to 39, were the most likely to have eaten fast food, and that number decreased with age. More surprisingly, however, was that family income actually had an inverse effect: the more money someone had, the more likely they were to eat fast food.
Sure it’s fast. It’s cheap. It’s delicious. All of these are attractive reasons to hit the drive-thru. But it’s a scary statistic. That trio of fat, salt, and sugar, plus a high-calorie count, can have numerous devastating effects on your health down the road, like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Another recent study from the British Medical Journal indicated that “ultra-processed food” – think chicken nuggets – had a direct impact on your risk of getting cancer.
Of course, we love this garbage as much as the next guy. But it’s never a bad time to take stock of your eating habits, and consider a few things the next time that craving hits.
Your health might depend on it.