It’s September which means the football season is now in full swing and if you thought it was just your marriage that was suffering, you may need to think again.
New research shows that it is also bad for your waistline, your bank balance and your liver. Great!
The study has revealed which football fans have the worst habits during the season.
West Ham fans have been revealed as the biggest gamblers, gambling an average of £25 per game. That’s not it though, they’re also the heaviest smokers with 35 per cent of West Ham supporters smoking on match days.
Manchester City fans are likely to put on the most weight during the football season with 34 per cent saying they go up by one waist size by the end of the winter.
If your partner is a Tottenham Hotspur fan, 23 per cent of Spurs fans admit to neglecting their sex lives during the football season.
If that wasn’t enough, football’s also bad for family time with 38 per cent of male fans missing out on valuable family days out so they can watch the sport.
Izzy Cameron, the Nutrition and Weight Management Specialist at Diet Chef said, “It’s been really interesting to see just how much football means to the men of Britain and what compromises they will make for their love of the beautiful game.
“The survey has shown just how easy it is to put on weight with many men not realising that this regular indulgence in snacks and alcohol can cause lasting damage.
“During the footie season it’s easy to opt for the quickest and usually the unhealthiest options, but drinking large quantities of beer and eating takeaways can do a lot of damage to your health – four pints of beer amounts to almost half of a man’s daily calorie intake, that’s a significant amount when you think about how much will then be eaten as well.
“It appears we could help male footie fans understand that snacking and enjoying the football doesn’t have to just revolve around bad habits, and that although you can enjoy yourself during the game, it doesn’t have to go on all season.”