It's football season and if your team is losing, it's what you might be gaining that could be a bigger concern. A recent study published in The Journal of Psychological Science by The Insead Business School, suggests the outcome of your favorite team's game might affect your waistline.
So your team didn't win?
They couldn't do it, so according to a new study, you'll show ‘em how to tackle—a basket of fries, chicken wings, maybe a hot dog, that is.
"That combination makes us feel happy, it actually sends endorphins into our brains, and gives us a quick little high, that makes us feel good, so when we're drowning our sorrows in nachos and chicken wings, then it's not very good on our health," Cassie Ebert, an exercise specialist at Olympic Center, said.
The study found that on the Monday after a big game, fans of the losing team consumed 16 percent more saturated fat than they normally would.
"It's just a component of emotional eating, I typically think sports fans, men in general, don't think that, they think they're exempt from emotional eating," Ebert said.
If this study proves to be true here in Texas, the manager of Coach's Bar and Grille in Tyler says for the first time, he might be hoping for a loss at tonight's Cowboys game. He's got plenty of unhealthy food on hand for Monday, just in case.
"Maybe that's something we need to look to and run a special, but no we don't, we haven't actually noticed that," Tim Legrand, Coach's manager, said.
On the other hand, fans of the winning teams consumed nine percent less saturated fat than usual.
Coach's serves plenty of healthy food too, good for a win. Still, Legrand isn't surprised at his most popular items for sports fans.
"Usually the, the hot wings, ribs, the hot dogs, burgers, things like that; very few salads," he said.
Researchers say consumption was especially defined if a game was close.
"There are a lot of studies out there, but I've never heard this one," Legrand said.
The researchers also conducted a separate study where they asked fans about a time their team won or lost while giving them a choice of snacks. Those replaying defeat chose unhealthy options, while those reminiscing about a win went for healthier snacks.
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