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Study: Americans eating less fast food, but not much

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  • From 2007 to 2010, Americans ate 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food
  • That's down from 12.8% in 2006
Study: Americans eating less fast food, but not much

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report saying Americans are eating less fast food on a daily basis.

Although it may not be seen as a significant difference, but data used from 2007 to 2010 showed adult consumers had eaten 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food -- that's down from 12.8% in 2006.

The report noted that non-Hispanic black adults ate the most fast food, young adults consumed more fast food than seniors and those age 60 and older ate about 6% of their daily calories from fast food.

The CDC did not observe noticeable differences in fast food consumption based on income.

It is widely conceived that fast food is associated with a high-fat, high-calorie count. Therefore, it has been linked to the obesity epidemic in the United States.

However, author of "The Fast food Diet" and cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD, says that people should still choose menu items carefully and exercise regularly.

"People love fast food because it tastes good and is reasonably priced, and no matter what professionals say, they are going to continue to eat there,'" he told WebMD. “"So why not help them make healthier food choices? If we empower people to make wiser food choices, it is a step in the right direction toward improved health and weight loss.”"

CNN Wires contributed to this report.

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