Amount of Weight Gained While Watching TV During World Cup

I found this fascinating piece on the amount of weight to gained by a British football fan watching the 2010 Soccer World cup finals in South Africa.

Men’s Health magazine estimates a die-hard World Cup fan could gain 2st and 7lb (15.7kg) if they watch every game between 11 June and 11 July.

It bases this gain on the assumption that a British man watching a game with friends will drink, on average, four cans of lager and eat three slices of a pizza, half a bag of nacho chips and half a pot of dip – adding up to 1,913.5kcal. That’s two-thirds of the recommended daily calorie intake for men, and almost the entire daily intake for women.

In contrast, the energy expended while watching – even accounting for gesticulating, shouting and leaping to one’s feet every so often – is just 215.5kcals.

Source BBC Article

The moral of this is Playing football may be good for the health. Watching it, on the other hand, can pile on the pounds.

One thought on “Amount of Weight Gained While Watching TV During World Cup

  1. Runners Passion

    Haha very interesting and amusing study. Although I think we’ll be ok to watch all the games of the World Cup as long as we get in our morning run before settling down on the couch to watch. Go USA!

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