Want to survive the World Cup?

19/06/14 . News

Every two years, football-loving readers of the more obscure male health studies get worried. Not just about their team but about their fans.

This is because serious scientific research (the BMJ no less), found that on the day England lost to Argentina on penalties in the 1998 World Cup, male hospital admissions for heart attack increased by 25%. In the Netherlands, who take their football even more seriously and are also shocking at penalties, it's even worse. When the Dutch were knocked out of Euro 96 on penalties by France, male heart attacks increased by 50%. (Against France, the Netherlands missed just one penalty. Imagine the carnage after the semi-final of Euro 2000 when they missed five penalties against Italy.)

Yes, football can seriously damage your health. Fortunately, the Men's Health Forum has stepped in to put us all out of misery. Our new World Cup Survival Guide answers all the key questions.

MHF CEO Martin Tod says: 'Watching the World Cup can be bad for your health. Too much beer. Too many snacks, burgers and kebabs. Too much sitting down. Too much stress. It's a recipe for disaster. Hopefully our tips will mean that people can enjoy the game without doing too much GBH to their health.'

The guide includes:

  • what to eat
  • what to drink
  • how to keep active during a footie marathon
  • how to beat depression and
  • how to survive the penalty shoot-out

​Can you afford to watch another game without it?

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