As a man who follows the Oakland Raiders franchise, I have to admit that the last ten years have been rough, to say the least. But interestingly enough, I have never tracked how I’ve felt after a loss and, furthermore, never reflected on my behavior after said loss.
According to The Salt, a study that links sports outcomes with the eating behavior of fans finds that backers of NFL teams eat more food and fattier food the day after a loss. Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.
After a defeat, the researchers found that saturated fat consumption went up by 16 percent, while after a victory it decreased by 9 percent. “After a victory, people eat better,” says Pierre Chandon, a professor of marketing at the business school INSEAD in France. “After a defeat, people eat a lot worse.”
As The Salt blogger Shankar Vedantam astutely points out, this study fits in-line with some of the research that suggests that folks emotions are tied to their eating habits, so I guess I’ll write down how I feel and what kind of behavior I exhibit after the next Raiders game. I hope they win!