How watching sports affects eating habits and heart health

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The Olympic Games start soon, so it’s a good time to review some fascinating findings about how being an avid fan can influence eating habits and health, for better or worse.

For starters, the outcome of a big game can influence food intake the next day. Researchers followed two seasons of Sunday Night NFL games and looked at sales of junk food in cities whose teams were playing.

They found:

●    In losing cities, sales of high-saturated fat foods rose 16% the day following a loss, compared to average Mondays.
●    In winning cities, junk food sales decreased 9% the next day.
●    The effect was stronger when the game was close.
●    Researchers believe that winning boosts fans' self-control while losing fans eat to feel better.
●    You can read more here