Study finds fans of losing NFL teams are more likely to be fat

Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; A New York Jets fan shows her sign about quarterback Tim Tebow (not pictured) to other fans in the third quarter of their game against the at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Have you ever seen a fat San Francisco 49ers fan? Dallas Cowboys? Pittsburgh Steelers? New England Patriots? Yes? Well crap – okay, maybe this suggestion doesn’t hold as much weight (see what I did there?! *high five*) as originally thought, but a recent study in the academic journal Psychological Science came to the conclusion that if your favorite NFL team stinks, you probably have a bigger belly than your winning counterparts.

Don’t believe me? Ask the study head, Professor Pierre Chandon:

“One day after a defeat, Americans eat 16 percent more saturated fat, and 10 percent more calories. But on the day after a victory of their favorite team, then it’s the opposite. They eat more healthily. They eat 9 percent less saturated fat, and 5 percent fewer calories. There was no effect in cities without a team or with a team that didn’t play.”

Thankfully I don’t have to worry about such nonsense as when my team loses, I just opt to run in front of traffic.

Drinking through a straw really keeps the weight down.

H/T For the Win

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    When you have nothing to stand up and cheer for……the beer and snacks take their toll.

    I am a Pats fan and have 8% body fat…..I usually stand and cheer constantly while watching them play…..grab another beer during commercial breaks.

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