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CDC: Adults Consuming Fewer Calories from Fast Food

ATLANTA — Adults have consumed fewer of their daily calories from fast food in recent years than they did a few years ago, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A study conducted by a division of the CDC shows adults consumed an average of 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food in 2007-2010, a drop from 12.8% in 2003-2006.

The percentage of daily calories from fast food decreased with age, with adults age 60 and over consuming the least, at 6%, according to the report. The percentage rose as weight status increased.

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The percentage didn’t differ significantly between men and women, according to the report. Researchers couldn’t say why adults were eating less fast food, but the decline coincides with a leveling off in the prevalence of obesity, according to January reports the CDC. One of the reasons the study was done was because there existed a suspected link between fast food and obesity, researchers said in the report.

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