By Stephanie Stahl

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — America loves fast food and a new study reveals just how often it’s consumed by them. About 85 million Americans eat fast food on any given day.

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The CDC released new figures in the first federal study of its kind Wednesday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control shows about a third of American adults eat fast food on any given day.

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Prior research found around 40 percent of the money families spend on food is for eating out.

“Fast food consumption has been a part of the American diet for a while,” says Kirsten Herrick one of the researchers of the study from National Center for Health Statistics.

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“With today’s busy lifestyle, fast food is an easy option that people choose,” Herrick adds.

There were mixed reactions at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

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“Homemade food’s better than fast food in my opinion,” says one person.

The report says men are more likely than women to buy fast food at lunch.

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Uber driver Sam Braccero tries to eat healthy, but every so often indulges in a cheeseburger.

“That’s our culture, we solve everything with eating. When we’re happy we eat, when we’re sad we eat,” explains Braccero.

Another recent study found children are eating fast food more frequently.

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“I think it’s a time thing, a convenience thing not having to take all the steps to cook at home. Makes it approachable and easy to feed on the go,” he adds.

Researchers found higher-income families ate fast food more often than poor people and younger Americans are more likely than older people to eat fast food on a daily basis.

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Health officials said too much high-calorie fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.

Stephanie Stahl