By: Michael Beiter
New research was just published on the effects of tailgating. Researchers at the University of Missouris School of Medicine tested a group of overweight but healthy men (debatable) to see the impact the eating and drinking they did during a football tailgate had on their lives.
The results suggest there are various differences from person to person based on their genetics and lifestyles. This is standard nutrition talk for "we need more studies and information." They wanted to find out what ways we can eat to protect the liver when there are a bunch of drinks and foods being consumed.
That result is not what I wanted to point out though.
This is: the men were provided alcohol to keep their breath alcohol levels at .08 to .10 along with chips, hamburgers, and cupcakes. On average the men consumed 5,087 calories.
5,087! That is two and half days worth of food consumed in the hours leading up to a football game.
I don't know a lot of people who stop eating and drinking after kickoff either which suggests calorie intake could be even higher.
Let that number sink in when you consider how to participate in your next tailgate.