Date
24 September 2017
Football fans could come away several pounds heavier after the World Cup, according to a Hong Kong dietician. Photo: AFP
Football fans could come away several pounds heavier after the World Cup, according to a Hong Kong dietician. Photo: AFP

Nothing for me, just football please

Football, beer and chips.

This is the kind of menu that will make World Cup fanatics liable to weight gain, according to a Hong Kong dietician.

Throw in noodles and overnight bingeing and you have what it takes to come away several pounds heavier after the 25-day tournament, Ming Pao Daily reported, citing Ivan Ho, a registered dietician at the Center for Nutritional Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Many of the 64 matches will be broadcast live in Hong Kong during early morning from Friday, but staying up all night is likely to stimulate the appetite, Ho said.

A fan who watches three to four games in the early hours, drink beer and eat chips and peanuts will gain between 6,000 and 8,000 kilocalories. That translates to weight gain of about eight to 10 pounds by the end of the World Cup.

A pack of chips, a pack of peanuts and a 330 ml can of beer produce 1,728 kilocalories, the report said.

In addition, these snacks have high fat and sodium content which increases cholesterol and blood pressure, Ho said.

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