Super Bowl Food Consumed Infographic
From the gridiron to the grill, American's eat literal tons of food during Super Bowl Sunday
Kick off some calories while reading this article gonna need it> There ain't no Weight Watchers at any Super Bowl watch parties.
With 1/3 of American's tuning in, it comes at no surprise that Super Bowl Sunday is the second leading most fed day in America, right behind Thanksgiving (2). What is surprising is exactly how much food consumption that actually entails. The biggest game day of the year also hosts the biggest bellies. In only 3 hours, over 100 million American's are expected to eat about 2,400 calories each . This is 400 more calories than a typical day, all consumed in a matter of one football game. That number is just an expected average. However, considering the amount of food we buy in preparation, it suggests that we should actually be eating up to 6,000 on game day (8)!
Too much eating is the leading cause of what's now called "Super Sick Monday." The subsequent day, following the Super Bowl, is nefariously known for people calling off of their scheduled shift. 17 million on average, actually (6). Drinking copious amounts of alcohol seemingly would be the perpetrator, but there is reason to suggest otherwise. On that same Monday, antacid sales typically see a spike of 20% (2). While some people do purchase antacids to relieve a hangover, considering the expected food to be eaten in a short period of time, it seems over-eating has an overwhelmingly prominent adverse effect on our stomachs. Especially if your team loses. France did a study on American Super Bowl eating habits, in which concluded the city of the losing NFL team consumes a significant amount of food more, but on the day after the big loss (9). For them, this means: the eating never stops.
So in conclusion, is all this food a problem? Probably. The cost of productivity loss on that Monday is calculated to be around $4 billion (6). But Super Bowl party food is so dang delicious! Instead of being consumed by negative food consumption stats, chew it over with some of these buying statistics instead.
Soda To wash this all down, soda sales are at a whopping 2 million cans drunk for the day. That is 187,500 gallons, if you were wondering.
Beer Speaking of drunk, it seems as though there are a significant amount more beer drinkers than soda pop drinkers. 50 million cases of beer are to be sold in preparation for game day (8). Whether or not it is a good statistic that there are more beer than soda drinkers is unknown.
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6. McGregor, J. (2019). On Super Bowl Monday, 17 million workers are expected to call in "sick." Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/02/01/super-bowl-monday-million-are-expected-call-sick/
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9. Woolum, B. (2014). Binge eating: Research suggests Super Bowl fans gain 10 pounds after a tough loss. Retrieved from https://kfor.com/2014/01/31/binge-eating-research-suggests-super-bowl-fans-gain-10-pounds-after-a-tough-loss/