Can Football Make You Fat?
Studies say that when football teams lose, the fans go for the unhealthiest food.
When was the last time that 'your team' had a great win? Did you celebrate afterwards? Alright, now what about a lose? Do you swap greasy food for booze?
"The worse they looked, the more I kept going to the fridge," said Vinnie Richichi, co-host of a sports talk show in Pittsburgh. "First a couple of Hot Pockets. By the second quarter I threw in a box of White Castle hamburgers."
He went on to say, "I'm not going near the salad or the yogurt. If it doesn't have 700 calories, I'm going right past it."
His team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, suffered a loss 16-9 to the Tennessee Titans.
"My weight goes up and down with my teams," he said. "My team does well? I'm 40, 50 pounds lighter."
Mr. Richichi is not alone. A recent study showed that football fans' intake of saturated fat increased by 28 percent after losses, and it decreased 16 percent after wins, according to the Psychological Science journal.
Does your team's win or loss affect what you eat during or after the game? Tell us about your experience!