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Football fans' eating habits depend on win / loss

10:55 AM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
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Football season is upon us, and just as you prepare to cheer for your favorite team, there's a new study that shows there may be more of an impact to a win or loss than you ever expected.

In fact, a loss for the team could mean a gain for you.

The Journal "Psychological Science" took a look at what happens to fans the day after an NFL game.

The researchers found that supporters of the winning team tended to eat healthier foods, while the losing team's fans tended to eat about 16 percent more saturated fats and sugars the day after a loss.

Fans of the winning team were eating approximately 9 percent less saturated fat than normal.

Researches said the difference was especially defined if the game was close, an upset or in a city with a strong fan base.

So why does this happen?

Researchers think when a team wins, it boosts self control. When a team loses, people are more likely to eat because they feel an identity threat.

Also according to the study, the effect was more about an increase in saturated fat as opposed to an increase in calorie consumption.

The results were similar in both male and female fans.

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