Why Being a Fan of Losing Teams Can Make You Fat

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A new study shows fans of losing NFL teams eat much more of unhealthier foods than their victorious rivals.

From buffalo wings to bratwurst, football fans know how to enjoy the game along with their favorite foods. A new study shows fans of losing NFL teams eat much more of unhealthier foods than their victorious rivals.

After losing, saturated fat intake increased by 16 percent. After winning, it went down by 9 percent. Overall intake of calories increased 10 percent after losing while decreasing 5 percent after winning.

Study results were even more pronounced in cities where passion for football is compared to religion. In those cities, 28 percent more saturated fat was consumed after losing compared to 16 percent less after winning.

Exercise specialist Cassie Ebert said emotional eating of comfort food “actually sends endorphins into our brains, and gives us a quick little high.” Study author Pierre Chandon explains, “When your ego is shattered you really think about instant gratification – you want to feel better, now.”

When you win though, you’re more optimistic about the future. The satisfaction helps you say no to that extra pizza.

Study results agree with other emotional effects on human behavior. According to Chandon, sports defeats “increase the chances of people getting a heart attack, it increases domestic violence and it also increases traffic fatalities.”

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