On a given day, 36.6 percent of American adults will consume fast food, and that percentage only rises with higher income brackets.
The study found that as people got older they tended to eat less junk food. Released Wednesday, the report compares the percentage of fast-food eating adults for demographic characteristics such as age, race and income level between the years 2013 and 2016. Her team tracked data from in-person government surveys conducted with thousands of USA adults between 2013 and 2016. Men tended to eat more fast food than women, Fryar's group said.
Blacks were more likely to have eaten fast food on a given day than whites (roughly 42 percent vs. 38 percent, respectively), while 35.5 percent of Hispanics and 31 percent of Asian-Americans did so.
'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.
According to the findings, the more money someone had, the more they were likely to eat fast food.
Fast food consumption also varied by sex.
"There is no reason to completely avoid fast food, but it shouldn't be consumed regularly", she said.
Contrary to popular belief, the study showed fast food consumption is actually higher among in wealthy families. 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).
Though it does take two to conceive, and often to parent, women at least make more of an effort to cut out fast food.
Between 2013 and 2016, some 37 per cent of adults said they'd consumed fast food in the past 24 hours.
"When we see news clips of a shark swimming near a beach, it scares us into not going near that beach", Weinandy said.
By now, you might be wondering what it would take for Americans to dial back their addiction to fast food.
She believes that policymakers, doctors and health food advocates need to "beat fast food companies at their own game" in order to turn things around.
"We do know that fast food advertising has gone up during that time by pretty large amounts".