Saturday, April 21, 2018 by Frances Bloomfield
How much poop will you produce in your lifetime? It may not be a question you’ve mulled over, but it’s one that has definitive answers.
A normal person will put out an average of 14 to 17 oz (or 400 to 500 g) of poop everyday, at a rate of roughly 0.8 in (two cm) per second. That means that, barring circumstances like constipation and other obstructions, you’ll spend 12 seconds on every stool. According to study, conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the amount of time dedicated to each poop is consistent across different species.
Based on these calculations, the researchers estimated that a week’s worth of poop would eventually add up to six lbs. (2.8 kg). In a month, that will be about 28 lbs. (12.70 kg); in a year, you’ll have expelled a whopping 320 lbs. (145 kg) of feces. That’s close to the weight of an adult male Panda, which can grow to about 350 lbs. (160 kg).
From here, the researchers combined the data with the average life expectancy of men and women in the United States. With an average life expectancy of 76 years, the typical American man will produce a staggering 24,320 lbs. (11,030 kg) worth of feces in his lifetime. By contrast, women, who have an average life of expectancy of 81 years, will put out 25,920 lbs. (11,757 kg) of poop. That’s the equivalent of 81 male Pandas, or almost seven adult male hippos. Even more incredible is the fact that, by the researchers’ estimations, a years’ worth of poop from the entire human race comes to 640 billion lbs. (290 billion kg) in total.
Of course, all these figures were made with the assumption that the person in question has a healthy poop–which is about 70 percent solid matter and 30 percent fluids. Make sure that your poop has this ideal ratio by following these tips and tricks:
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