With these estimates, Santa would have or be at risk for the following: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, and breathing problems
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) December 17, 2010
One of the perks of being Santa Claus is eating all the delicious holiday cookies left by children all around the world. Being a "jolly old soul," Santa never seems to leave more than a crumb, no matter the cookie. But, considering the number of houses Santa must visit, he would put on more than the usual holiday weight.
To estimate Santa's weight, biomarker provider Lee BioSolutions, (http://www.leebio.com) did the math to see just how much Santa would weigh. Taking the world population of 6.8 billion people and dividing it by the average 2.5 people per family, gives Santa about 2.7 billion households to visit across the globe in one night.
Now assuming that every household will leave two chocolate chip cookies for Santa, they multiplied the nutrition facts of an average cookie by the number of households, returning some "inflated" numbers.
From the math, Lee BioSolutions found that Santa would eat about 5.4 billion cookies or 473 million pounds of cookies, making him too heavy for even the space shuttle to lift him. He would consume 936 billion calories, far exceeding the 2,000 calorie a day diet.
Giving him a belly like a "bowl full of jelly," Santa would eat 123 billion total grams of fat. His cholesterol would off the charts with 27.5 billion grams in one night when an average person should only take in 24,455 grams in one year. And finally, keeping him awake for his trip, Santa would consume 38.5 billion grams of sugar.
"With these estimates, Santa would have or be at risk for the following: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, and breathing problems," said Burton Lee, president at Lee BioSolutions. "I am sure that Mrs. Claus is deeply concerned by the health implications of her husband's cookie binge eating and subsequent obesity."
To help Santa with his heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, Lee BioSolutions isolates cardiac markers used in groundbreaking research of the disease. Heart disease, which is an umbrella term for many different types of diseases of the heart, is often caused by obesity and poor eating habits, putting Santa at great risk.
"Santa would surely have high cholesterol with consuming more than 10,000 times the cholesterol suggested during a life time," said Lee. "This could lead to a heart attack or stoke. Our company produces cardiac and lipoprotein markers such as Troponins and total cholesterol for researchers studying these various diseases."
"We want to help keep Santa around for a long time, as future generations hang their stockings and wait for this magical man to appear," said Lee. "As the world population continues to grow, it will only become harder for Santa to avoid these diseases. That is why it is important that we continue delivering the highest quality proteins and enzymes to labs across the world, to help combat these health issues."
About Lee BioSolutions
For over 30 years, St. Louis based Lee BioSolutions has answered the call to provide Solutions On Demand to the researchers around the world who have committed their work to scientific and medical advancements. Providing the latest, proven, and best quality biological materials, Lee BioSolutions delivers the highest level in customer service, product availability and product quality. For more information visit http://www.leebio.com.