Fast food fuels more Americans than you thought
Roughly 80% of us eat it at least once a month, and the wealthier go for it more than the poor on a weekly basis.
Well, you do. According to Gallup, 80% of you eat fast food at least once a month.
There's very little disparity in how all of that grease-fried food is consumed, either. Often associated with low income or poverty, fast food is consumed more heavily by those making more than $75,000 a year (51% report eating it at least once a week) than by those making between $20,000 and $30,000 a year (42%) or less than $20,000 (39%).
It's clearly a young person's game, however, as 57% of those aged 18 to 29 say they hit the counter or drive-through at least once a week. That drops to 47% for those aged 30 to 49, 44% for those aged 50 to 64 and to 41% among those aged 65 and older.
There isn't a whole lot of difference between how various races visit McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN) and elsewhere, either. Fifty-two percent of blacks and 53% of Hispanics eat fast food at least weekly, while 46% of whites do the same.
All the groups feel just as badly about their meal afterward. A full 73% of those who go for fast food weekly told Gallup they think it's not too good for them or not good at all. That still trails the 81% of people who don't eat fast-food who believe the same. But at least there's a sizable degree of self-awareness.
Fast food is not just bags of grease anymore, but it is still fast. Long gone is the "lunch hour". Just grab and pick at your food between phone calls and meetings. Fast food works better at this.
On the way home from work, between soccer practice and music lessons, sometimes the drive through is all you have time for. The world has sped up, and fast food has kept pace.
Now that you can get something healthy at most of these places, it is OK to go to them, if you choose wisely.
Last Saturday went grocery shopping for the weeks lunches,
1 lb. deli sliced buffalo chicken breast $ 5.99
1 loaf whole grain oat nut bread $1.79 at the bread outlet
1 pkg. sliced Swiss cheese $ 1.99
1 lb. dark leafy fresh greens $ 1.99
2 pints grape tomatoes $ 1.75
1 bottle flavored oil vinegar dressing $ 1.99
$15.50 total for delicious and nutritious lunch for the week + a few pennies for sandwich condiments, top that fast foodies. Average value meal
$ 4.79 = $ 23.95 weekly savings $ 8.45 x 52 = $ 439.40 annually not to mention less fat, sodium, carbs.
Everything in moderation.
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