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

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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