Study: The Middle Class Consumes More Fast Food Than Lower-Income Folks

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Surely after headlines about fast food bans in lower-income neighborhoods, you've heard the argument that poorer people consume the most fast food and are more likely to become obese. Correlations have been made that rates of obesity go up when income goes down.

A recently published study from UC Davis puts the part about the fast food consumption on its head. Researchers found it's actually middle-class customers who are eating a lot more fast food. They discovered that visits to such restaurants increased with incomes. In fact, poorer people were spending less on fast food than lower-middle and middle-income Americans.

It's noted that the fast food habit doesn't start to taper off until household income hits $60,000. Cited as a possible explanation: middle-class folks are often in a time crunch and appreciate the convenience of drive-thrus.

Another possible reason: rich or poor, french fries are tasty!

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909Jeff
909Jeff

Cheap food at the grocery store is worse than fast food... A box of hamburger helper has shit ton of sodium and the cheapest ground beef is 70/30 so right there you have already exceeded your daily max on both.  Ramen - bad for you... Mac and Cheese - bad for you... Frozen dinners - bad for you.  Not to mention when you cook at home its easier to forego portion control and eat everything you cooked instead of sticking to the reccomended serving size which is also rediculous. And they all are cheaper than a drive through meals and are often times on sale and the paper has coupons for them.  America is the only country in the world where the poor people are obese.  Its not just mcdonalds and jack in the box. 

OCuPPy 70/30
OCuPPy 70/30

The "cheapest ground beef is 70/30" -- yeah, when you can find it! I can afford 99/1 but always try to get 70/30, because the higher the fat, the better the taste (assuming the beef is fresh-ground and has been properly cared for). If you know how to cook hamburgers, sloppy joes, meatballs, etc., the final product isn't much more fatty than the white-gloves kind, but it's a lot more flavorful.

dummy
dummy

you're an idiot.

fresh produce, fresh baked goods, fresh proteins.

if you go to the grocery store to buy food in a box, you are an idiot.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Agreed... I use 85/15 personally, but again the point of the article isnt who properly prepares a meal, its about poor people and obesity and the middle class and fast food. 

If you want 70/30 stay clear of the big name markets and go to Superior,  

909Jeff
909Jeff

Your response is as arrogant and offensive as it is telling of your sheltered OC life.  

Have you ever had to make a dollar stretch?  Have you ever had to feed 2 or 3 kids and try to pay rent on 10 bucks an hour?  

Were you ever taught to think about what your going to say before you say it?  

Unbelievable...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Sh... I eat beans rice and nopales now!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Not fideo, but beans and rice and nopales--and we loved it!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Gustavo,  It can be, but the point of this story is the income classes and the food they eat  and why the paradox that the poor people eat less fast food and are still fat.  I'm also certain that the same poor people also lack the education to make wise shopping decisions.  I have no doubt you parents squeezed the quarter til the eagle grinned but I'm also sure you had fideo more then you ever wanted too. Just as I ate Hamburger Helper more than I ever wanted when my Mom and I were on our own.  

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Although dummy is a dummy, my parents did all you just put out AND did it without ever using processed foods. It can be done—no excuses.

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