That's the finding from a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For example, while about 32 percent of lower-income folks ate fast food daily, more than 36 percent of middle-income consumers had fast food on a given day, as did 42 percent of those with higher incomes, the report found.
Researchers analyzed several years worth of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
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-cost snack. And among high-income families (those with incomes above 350% of the poverty line), 42% dined on fast food on a typical day.
According to the findings, the more money someone had, the more they were likely to eat fast food.
"Most fast food is not good for our bodies", said Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. For instance, 44.9% of adults ages 20 to 39 said that they consumed fast food on a given day, compared with 37.7% of adults 40 to 59, and 24.1% of adults 60 and older. On a typical day, 22.7 percent of Americans get their breakfast from a fast-food outlet.
They also reported that as American adults aged, the percentage of daily fast food consumption lessened. That's significantly more than the 39.1 percent of women who do the same. Roughly 35 percent of Hispanic consumers and 31 percent of Asian-American consumers said they had eaten fast food the prior day.
Last month, a Rudd Center report said that 91% of 871 parents who took an online survey said they had purchased lunch or dinner for their child in the previous week at one of the four largest fast-food restaurant chains: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's or Subway.
She added that despite fast food establishments saying they're offering healthier options - they merely have the perception of being healthy.
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.
Fast food restaurants have earned a reputation of serving meals and snacks both high in calories and lacking key elements such as fruits and vegetables.
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