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You win some, you lose some (pounds)

Root for the Super bowl champions and you might avoid the dreaded guacamole gut

Author Jacqueline Detwiler


A part from the occasional remote-throwing episode, studies have shown that being a fan of a sports team is good for psychological, social and emotional health. Physical health, on the other hand, might depend on whether you’re a fan of a perpetual winner or a perpetual loser. A recent study from the Fontainebleau campus of the INSEAD business school in France determined that people from the hometowns of NFL teams that won a game ate 9 percent less saturated fat and 5 percent fewer calories the next day than those whose teams had bye weeks or whose cities had no NFL team at all. Meanwhile, people who lived in losing cities ate 16 percent more saturated fat and 10 percent more calories the next day than those who didn’t have a game. Using ESPN and betting statistics, the researchers determined that these effects were even stronger for close losses and games in which the opponents were more evenly matched, indicating that the extra eating was a sort of compensation for the amount of pain experienced at the outcome. People in cities with the most rabid fans were the worst offenders, eating an astonishing 28 percent more saturated fat after a loss. (We’re looking at you, Philadelphia cheesesteaks.)

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