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Health & Fit Men and Women Don’t Have the Same Fast Food Habits — See What the Key Difference Is

18:00  08 october  2018
18:00  08 october  2018 Source:   eatthis.com

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a person in a yellow car: fast food drive thru© Shutterstock fast food drive thru A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between 2013 and 2016, 36.6 percent of Americans ate fast food on a given day. That’s about 85 million people!

“Fast food consumption has been a part of the American diet for a while,” Kirsten Herrick, Senior Service Fellow at the CDC, told CBS Philly. “With today’s busy lifestyle, fast food is an easy option that people choose.”

While the drive-thru remains a convenient way to fuel up on the fly (it’s called fast food for a reason, after all), the study found something interesting between the genders: men and women had very different fast food eating habits.

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Among adults who went to fast food spots, the most commonly reported meal to eat on the go was lunch, followed by dinner, breakfast, and snacks. Another interesting find? Men were more likely than women to eat fast food for lunch, whereas women were more likely to eat fast food as a snack. The study discovered that 9.2 percent more men ate fast food for lunch than women did, while 6.2 percent more women visited a quick-service restaurant for a snack.

In theory, this may lead us to conclude that many women who generally eat fast food pick up something small (think a McDonald’s Snack Wrap or a four-piece McNuggets), but the current study didn’t investigate the link between men and women’s different eating habits and the respective caloric consumption. However, a previous CDC study found that between 2007 and 2010, men consumed an average of 11.8 percent of their total calories from fast food, while women’s caloric intake from fast food clocked in at 10.9 percent — meaning the number of fast food calories consumed by men and women stayed roughly the same.

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The CDC reminds us that fast food is linked to a higher average intake of calories, fat, and sodium—three culprits that can contribute to metabolic diseases such as obesity and heart disease if eaten in excess. Try limiting your drive-thru visits to once a week, and, when you do, don’t forget to review the items’ nutritionals.

Pro tip: Skipping out on fat-laden sides and add-ons such as French fries, bacon, and cheese can help you stay slim. And for more ways to slash cals, don’t miss these 20 Ways to Cut 200 Calories From Your Fast Food Order.

Video: How Much Fast Food Does The U.S. Eat? (Newsweek)

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