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How Your Favorite Football Team Affects Your Health

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Football season can be an emotional roller coaster for fans across Central Louisiana.

And a season of disappointment can lead to a change in behavior for some football fans.

Researchers say fans of losing teams consume 16% more saturated fat after a tough loss.

"If you are supporting a losing team it creates anxiety. And you go within and you start eating and you start drinking and you start doing some un acceptable behaviors, but that is all internalized because you are allowing those feelings to control you," said Dr. Jerry Pounds.

CenLa residents we spoke with say they've found their own ways to deal with the pain that a loss can bring.

"Yeah I get down after a loss. Hell you can not help it. After a loss I do not even want to read about it. I would rather sit in the corner and cuss," said Jerry Slocum.

"You automatically know it is coming, it is kind of stressful. There could be some where I am throwing some things across the room," said Jonathan Plunkett. 

"If the Saints do well and if LSU do well, we do well. If they do not do well, we do not do well. People are wounded, they are depressed," said Elaine King.  

Regardless of the game's outcome, it's the most loyal of fans who remain positive and support their favorite teams, whether they win or lose.

"Everybody has their favorite team whether they are winning or they are in the bottom half. You still root for them," said Elaine King.

"I think we all need to realize no matter who we cheer for, there are going to be teams that are going to have the good seasons and bad seasons. But even when your team is losing find the positive things you can be proud of about your team and about your city," said Dr. Jerry Pounds.

The saturated fat intake research was published in the Journal Psychological Science following two NFL seasons.

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