Fans Of Losing Teams Indulge With Fatty Foods
Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a fat person. So goes the rewrite of an old adage, based on a new study conducted by a Paris-based business school. The New York Times reports that the researchers found that American football fans’ saturated-fat consumption increased by as much as 28 percent following defeats and decreased by 16 percent following victories. What’s it about? “When people feel their identity is threatened, they compensate by eating indulgent food,” a co-author of the study told the Times. “It’s more difficult to resist temptation.” The researchers, who used the National Eating Trends database from the NPD Group, a market research firm, looked at 14-day food diaries kept during two regular N.F.L. seasons, in 2004 and 2005, zeroing in on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The Times reports that after studying the food choices of 726 people over 3,151 days, they concluded that the greatest divide in calorie and total fat consumption between winners and losers was on Mondays. By Tuesday, the fans’ eating habits paralleled the control groups. Read more from the New York Times.