The survey assesses the health of adults and children in the USA and tracks changes over time, looking at who eats it (age, income, gender) and how they eat it (where and when).
The survey compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics shows between 2013 and 2016, more than 36 percent of adults - or more than 1 in 3 - consume fast food on a given day. But higher-income families ate fast food more often than lower-income families, and blacks ate it more than other racial or ethnic groups.
"What surprised me was the finding that income was positively associated with more fast food", said Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, an associate professor and director of clinical research at the Global Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who was not involved in the new report.
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"There is no reason to completely avoid fast food, but it shouldn't be consumed regularly", she said. Almost 45% of those between the ages of 20 and 39 eat fast food each day, but just 24.1% of those aged 60 and over do the same.
Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, conceded that it's unsurprising that younger people eat the most fast food, but she said the rates are very concerning. It's based on a survey of about 10,000 adults over four years.
Fast food consumption also varied by race, with black adults eating the highest amount at 42.4 percent.
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"When we see news clips of a shark swimming near a beach, it scares us into not going near that beach", Weinandy said.
When it came to gender, men were most likely to buy fast food for lunch, while women would purchase it as a quick and low-priced snack.
"We do know that fast food advertising has gone up during that time by pretty large amounts".
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'Either through subsidies to farmers or taxes put on sugar-sweetened beverages and processed foods to decrease the abundance'.
Too often, though, Americans ignore the danger.
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.
'And from there, you're establishing good behavior for kids to follow'.