Assistant Professor Yann Cornil was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune to discuss his research on sports fans' tendency to stress eat after a loved team's defeat.
"When you root for a team, when you are a supporter of a team, the team is part of your identity," Cornil told the Tribune. "When your favorite team loses, you feel that it's the end of the world."
The study found saturated fat intake jumped 16 per cent the day after a city's team lost. The effects multiplied in cities with committed fans. Think legions of despondent Blue Jays fans across Canada reaching for extra junk food after the six-game series defeat to the Kansas City Royals. The reverse holds true too: If a team wins, its fans often ate healthier the next day.
Read the Chicago Tribune article here. Cornil's study "From Fan to Fat? Vicarious Losing Increases Unhealthy Eating, but Self-Affirmation is an Effective Remedy" was published in 2013 in the Journal of Psychological Science.