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You Had Me at 2.7 Portions of Nachos

The most ridiculous press release of the week. Someone please get me a fact checker on this.

Super Bowl fans to scoff 11,000 calories each on game day
Jan 29, 2020

[PRESSWIRE] 29 January, 2020 – UK — New research released today reveals that the average football fan in the United States, will eat a staggering 10,821 calories and 180 grams of saturated fat this Super Bowl Sunday.

·         7 in 10 football fans will overindulge this Super Bowl Sunday, with the average fan planning to eat food totaling 10,821 calories and 180 grams of saturated fat
·         Football fans are more likely to know the number of touchdowns or yards their quarterback has thrown this year, than their cholesterol figures
·         Less than half know that high cholesterol has no symptoms
·         New website reveals and ranks the healthiest States
The mind-boggling quantity is more than four and half times the recommended daily calorie intake – and equates to the same level of saturated fat a person should consume in a week.

The research comes from  LetsGetChecked , a leading direct-to-consumer at-home health testing and insights company, which polled 1,000 Americans who plan to watch this Sunday’s Super Bowl. The average fan said that on game day, they plan to eat:
·         2.7 portions of hot wings
·         3.2 slices of pizza
·         2.1 portions of fries
·         3.4 bags of chips
·         1.9 portions of chilli
·         2.4 burgers
·         1.7 sliders
·         2 hot dogs
·         2.7 portions of nachos
·         3 pieces of fried chicken
·         1.8 ribs
·         1.7 sausages
·         1.6 slices of cake
·         1.8 brownies
·         1.8 bowls of ice cream
·         2.3 portions of salad
·         2.1 subs
·         1.7 bags of sweets
·         1.9 bars of chocolate
The huge amount of food can be partly accounted for by seven in ten (69 per cent) football fans saying they plan to overindulge on game day.

The figures are concerning, with health experts calling the consumption of food at this level, on any kind of regular basis, dangerous.

Dr Robert Mordkin, Chief Medical Officer for LetsGetChecked said:  “Binge eating to this extent for any prolonged period of time can lead to a variety of health related issues such as weight gain and hypertension.  Both of these diagnoses are often seen in patients who have high cholesterol levels.”

The startling statistics show that many football fans have a far better knowledge of their team’s playing statistics than their own health statistics.

Some 40 per cent of those who consider themselves to be football fans can accurately recall how many yards their quarter back has thrown this year; 45 per cent know how many touchdowns they have thrown, and 38 per cent know how many yards their running back has rushed on average.

In contrast, just 36 per cent of Americans know what their own cholesterol level is.

The survey also revealed that most Americans do not have a grasp on the amount of saturated fat that exists within classic Super Bowl snacks.

Highlighting the lack of insight, the average football fan believes there are 6.4 grams of saturated fat in a burger, when in fact, there is on average 15. Additionally, respondents believe there to be 6.5 grams of saturated fat in a sausage, when the actual amount is 10.

In total, a quarter (25 per cent) of football fans, have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. However, the figures could be far higher, as more than a fifth (21 per cent) have never been tested. This may be due to widespread misconceptions around symptoms of high cholesterol.

For example, a quarter of respondents (25 per cent) think that gaining weight is a symptom of high cholesterol, whilst 18 per cent believe shortness of breath is.

In addition, 15 per cent believe light-headedness and chest pain could be symptoms of a high-cholesterol. However, the reality is that there are no symptoms – something just 43 per cent of Americans know.

The advice from the National Institutes of Health and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute stipulates that men aged 45-65 and women aged 55-65, should have their cholesterol checked every one to two years. Both bodies recommend adults aged between 20 and 45 years of age should have their cholesterol checked every five years, while screening for children should start between nine and 11 repeated every five years – more frequent if there is a family history of the condition.

Dr Robert Mordkin, Chief Medical Officer for LetsGetChecked said :  “First things first; we don’t want to make footballs fans feel guilty about a little overindulgence on Super Bowl Sunday. But the amount of food many fans plan to put away, is quite staggering and I would ask people to question if they need to be eating quite so much. It becomes a problem when the occasional overindulgence becomes a regular occurrence.

He continued:  “The research shows that there are Americans that are currently in the dark about their cholesterol levels – in fact, more can recall complex player and team stats, than they can their own cholesterol level. High cholesterol is linked to various serious, sometimes fatal conditions such as heart attack and stroke. I encourage those that don’t know their cholesterol numbers to take control of their health and get screened. Knowledge is power and it’s only through knowing that we can really hope to take control of our health.”

The data forms part of an ongoing study that LetsGetChecked has been conducting into the way health varies from state-to-state. A  new website launched today, allows users to compare, based on eight different health factors, which States are the healthiest.

Notes to editors

Research carried out by Opinium Research amongst 1,002 American’s who plan to watch the Super Bowl, aged 21 or over. Calorie and saturated fat food content based on figures found on myfitnesspal. Daily recommended amounts based on 2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 for men. Daily saturated fat amounts based on 20 grams for women and 30 grams a day for men.

Stuff People Give Out at Food Drives

Spent several hours going door to door with my son’s Cub Scout pack this morning collecting canned goods for the San Francisco Food Bank. Among the items received for donation:

  • A jar of “Goober Grape” PB&J combo
  • A bottle of Trader Joe’s Thai curry sauce
  • Multiple 12-packs of Coca-Cola
  • Bag of dried lentils from a bulk bin
  • Jelly (expired)
  • A frozen “Claim Jumper” apple pie
  • Individual snack packets of Annie’s organic Bunny Grahams
  • Boxes of frozen stuffing (thawed, rank, very expired)
  • A canned ham (these still exist!)

Outlook vs. iCloud

This is probably only going to be of interest to a few dozen Googlers who happen by, but here goes:

Outlook 2007 and iCloud 2.0 don’t get along. If you have email stuck in your Outlook outbox (particularly scheduled items), uninstall iCloud. Everything will work suddenly work fine after a reboot.

Why You Should Stay Healthy

A sober reminder that you never want to be in a hospital: “Hospitals are infested with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcusbacteria that can turn a small cut into a limb- or life-threatening infection.”

More bad news here.

Sneezing at the Sun: A Real Thing

I sometimes sneeze in bright daylight. Now I know I’m not alone.

Not only is there a genetic basis for “sun sneezing,” Pagon says the number of times people sneeze in response to light also appears to run in families.

This scientific discovery happened in a very unscientific way. Pagon and her genetics colleagues were sitting at the same table during a birth defects conference when the conversation shifted to discussing the sun and sneezing. Much to their surprise, they learned that 4 out of 10 of them were affected by this strange reaction. “One person said it was common for people in his family to sneeze five times; in my family it was three times, and another person said once,” recalls Pagon.

But what about the sun making me break down in tears and curl up on the sidewalk?