Supporting a losing NFL team could lead to weight gain, according to study

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Football season is almost here and a new study in The Journal of Psychological Science  indicates rooting for a losing NFL team could impact a fan’s waistline.

The study took a look at what happens to fans the day after an NFL game and found that supporters of the winning team tended to eat healthier foods, while the losing team fans tended to eat more saturated fats and sugars.

On average, fans of the losing team ate 16 percent more than they usually ate on Mondays, according to research from The Insead Business School.

Fans of the winning team ate about 9 percent less saturated fat than normal. Researchers said the difference was especially defined if the game was close, an upset or in a city with a strong fan base.

Researchers believe that when a team wins–it boosts fans self-control. When they lose, fans are more likely to eat because they feel an identity threat.

According to the research, the effect was more about an increase in saturated fat as opposed to an increase in calorie consumption. Similar results were found in males and females.