Recent Study Says Kids and Adolescents ate 12% of Daily Calorie from Fast Food

Published Date : Sep 16, 2015

According to a recent study, kids and adolescents eat 12% of their daily calories from fast food. Until now researches and studies said that consistently snacking on fast food is not good for health or waistlines. However, according to the latest federal data, over one third of kids and adolescents in the U.S. feed on fast food on any given day. 

According to a recent report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Health Statistics, kids and adolescents in the U.S. got almost 12.4% of their daily calorie intake from fast food. It also said that children between the ages of 12 to 19 years received twice the amount of calories from the fast food they eat compared to children between the age group of 2 to 11 years. Hence, in total almost 34% of children and adolescents in the U.S. between the age group of 2 to 19 years ate fast food almost on a daily basis. To compile this report, analytics sourced information from latest available data from 2011 and 2012. Also there referred to the information gathered through National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). 

The research however did not find any difference in calorie consumption in terms of gender, poverty status, or weight. The research also did not say that the non-Hispanic Asian children ate less calories from fast food than non-Hispanic white or black children or Hispanic children. 

To maintain a healthy weight it is important to have a healthy diet. The researchers of the study note that eating fast food is mostly related to weight gain among adult and poor diet among children. Hence, the researchers said that although kids may derive some calories from fast food but switching their daily diet from healthier meal to junk food is never a good alternative.