Although the poor are usually the economic class we assume eat the most fast food, a new study of 5,000 Americans has revealed the biggest consumer to be the middle class.
After studying data from surveys asking participants about restaurant dining habits, income, race, gender, age and education, researchers from the University of California, Davis, found that visits to fast food joints rose along with annual income up to $60,000.
Senior study author J. Paul Leigh believes the study proves fast food is not the only reason that poor people are more likely to be obese, explaining:
"There is a correlation between obesity and lower income, but it cannot be solely attributed to restaurant choice. Fast-food dining is most popular among the middle class, who are less likely to be obese.”
Since really poor people are relying on food stamps for most of their food, which obviously can't be used at fast food joints, these findings make sense to us.
Adding to that argument, the cost of the always popular combo meal has only increased over the years as well and, with the exception of the popular Dollar Menu, we're assuming most families living in poverty can't afford to purchase several $7 or $8 "value" meals for their family either.
As for that correlation between obesity and lower income? The middle class may be eating more fast food than the poor, but we bet they're purchasing more gym memberships too.
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