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Study: One Third Of Kids Eat Fast Food Every Day

| by Michael Allen
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According to a new study, 34.3 percent of all children, ages 2-19, ate fast food every day in 2011–2012.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that children and adolescents, on average, got 12.4 percent of their daily calories from fast food.

Ths study also said that 17 percent of calories consumed by teens daily, on average, was from fast food, notes Mother Jones.

"I think it speaks to how big a role fast food does play in the way we eat in America," Julia Wolfson, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told NPR.

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"We have found in a couple of studies that fast-food restaurants have been introducing new menu items that are on average 60 calories lower than old menu items," Wolfson added.

However, it's not clear if that change is because fast food joints truly care about their customers' health, or are eacting to the increasing sales of healthy restaurants such as Chipotle, noted Bloomberg Business in 2014.

Sources: Mother Jones, NPR, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bloomberg Business / Photo Credit: kellyhogaboom/Flickr