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World Cup weight gain
看世足賽小心變胖

Players from Spain and Croatia play a soccer game in Switzerland.
西班牙與克羅埃西亞的足球員於瑞士比賽。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO : AP

Staying up late to watch too many soccer games could leave Asian football fans with some serious health problems, a medical expert has said.

A fan could gain up to five kilograms by eating an extra 40,000 calories worth of snacks and drinks over the course of the month-long tournament, estimated Dr James Lam, president of the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science.

Fans could also have problems from not getting enough sleep, and having poor posture while watching the games could cause other health issues.

"This could cause muscle problems like back pain and neck pain," Lam said. "Also, when eating habits are not good, people are at risk of getting ... ulcers."

Lam said that football fans should avoid drinking beer when they stay up late to watch the games, and should keep up regular exercise to relieve stress from watching the World Cup. The excitement of the games could put people at greater risk of heart disease.

Millions of fans across Asia tune in to watch the World Cup matches live despite the fact that the games start between 8pm and 3am because of the time difference between Asia and Germany. (DPA)

醫學專家表示,熬夜觀賞過多的足球賽可能會讓亞洲足球迷出現嚴重的健康問題。

香港運動醫學及科學學會會長林國基醫師估計,一位球迷在為期一個月的世足賽中,可能會多攝取四萬卡路里的零嘴與飲料而增胖多達五公斤。

球迷也可能因睡眠不足導致身體出狀況,及因看球賽姿勢不良而出現其他的健康問題。

「這可能導致背痛或頸部酸痛等肌肉不適,」林醫師說:「此外,民眾飲食習慣不佳也有罹患潰瘍的風險。」

林醫師表示,足球迷熬夜看球賽時應該避免喝啤酒,也應該保持規律運動,減輕觀看世足賽的壓力。球賽的刺激也會提高人們心臟病發作的風險。

儘管因時差緣故,球賽都在晚間八點到凌晨三點左右開踢,全亞洲還是有數百萬的球迷觀看世足賽實況轉播。

(德通社/翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. fan n.

迷 (mi2)

例:I am Jolin's biggest fan.

(我是蔡依林的頭號歌迷。)

2. calorie n.

卡路里 (ka3 lu4 li3)

例:I try not to eat fast food because it has so many calories.

(速食的卡路里很高,我盡量不吃。)

3. tournament n.

錦標賽 (jing3 biao1 sai4),聯賽 (lian2 sai4)

例:Every year my high school holds a tournament to see who is the best speller.

(我的高中每年都會舉辦錦標賽,看誰是最佳的拼字高手。)

4. posture n.

姿勢 (zi1 shi4)

例:My teacher always tells me to stop slumping in my chair and sit up with proper posture.

(我的老師總是叫我別癱坐在椅子上,要坐姿端正。)

5. ulcer n.

潰瘍 (kui4 yang2)

例:Sam was so stressed at work that he got ulcers.

(山姆工作壓力很大,結果得了潰瘍。)


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