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FAST FOOD NATION?

More than 1 in 3 Americans eat fast food on a given day but many are also returning to more home-cooked meals.

How can we do both at the same time?

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America’s Daily Diet

According to the latest CDC data:

  • Nearly 40% of adults eat fast food on a given day, which adds up to 11% of their average daily calories.
  • More than 1/3 of kids & teens eat fast food on a given day, which adds up to 12% of their average daily calories.
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Why It Matters:

  • Fast-food restaurants employ 2% of U.S. workforce; average annual earnings: $26.1K
  • The CDC says the % of adults who eat fast food actually increases with income.
  • Eating fast food often contributes to obesity. 40% of adults, & 20% of kids & teens, are obese.
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“America does still cook at home.”

David Portalatin, food analyst at research firm NPD Group, who says Americans eat 82% of our meals at home, more than we did a decade ago. Despite our consumption of fast food, NPD analysts shows Americans are eating out less; higher prices could be a factor. The rise in popularity of home meal kits could also be another reason for this - something fast-food restaurants like Chik-fil-A are trying out.
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Part of the reason that fast food is so popular is because it's everywhere, and now many of the largest fast-food chains, like Subway, McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, & Chick-fil-A, offer delivery - mostly from third parties like DoorDash or Grubhub.

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