If you feel like you’ve put on a couple extra pounds this past football season, just know you’re not alone.
According to an online poll conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nutrisystem, 25 percent of football fans reported gaining weight this past season. The average weight gained was 10 pounds, and 16 percent of responders admitted they packed on 20 or more pounds.
The results are especially troubling when considered in conjunction with a study from last year that said fans of losing teams are more likely to consume unhealthy foods than fans of winning teams.
While these numbers may be “upsetting” or “discomforting” or “reflective of the decline of Western Civilization,” they certainly aren’t surprising. I’m no scientist — I even had to look up how to spell “scientist” — but I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to watch football without chowing down on some potato chips, bratwursts, hamburgers, egg salad, those tiny sausages with toothpicks in ‘em, jerky (pick the meat), and washing it all down with a nice cold (case of) beer. Like, it’s in the NFL Commandments and everything.