American kids eat too much fast food, the Centers for Disease Control said in a recent report. While adults are cutting back on trips to Burger King and other fast food restaurants, kids still get too many of their calories from these fatty foods. Fast food is often high in fat, salt and calories, all things that contribute to obesity.
The good news is that kids have cut down a little on how many calories they eat every day. The government recommends that no more than 10 percent of a daily diet should come from fats like pizzas, hamburgers and hot dogs. But American kids got about 11 to 12 percent of their calories from these foods in 2009 and 2010, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
Adults are cutting back a little more than kids, getting about 11 percent of their calories from fast food. The groups eating the most of these foods: Young adults, African Americans and people who are already obese.