Scientists have uncovered how much the average person poos in their lifetime.
An average woman, living to the US life expectancy of 81 years old, will create an astonishing 25,920lbs (11,757kg) of faeces, which is the equivalent of around three adult male hippos, a study by the University of California, San Diego, found.
Due to western men typically dying at around 76 years old, most produce less at approximately 24,320lbs (11,030kg) of excrement in their lives, the research adds.
Even in the space of just one year, the average adult’s total stool production weighs a little more than an adult panda at 320lbs (145kg), the study found.
In a day, during which most people open their bowels at least once, men and women produce around 14oz (400grams) of poo, which adds up to 6lbs (2.8kg) over a week, the research adds.
It is important to understand normal bowel habits due to constipation occasionally being a sign of undiagnosed conditions, such as an underactive thyroid, diabetes and even mental-health disorders, such as depression.
Chronic diarrhoea has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
Scientists have uncovered how much the average person poos in their lifetime (stock)
An average women’s lifetime faeces production weighs the same as three adult hippos
Poo is produced at a rate of 2cm/second
According to Professor Kim Barrett, from the University of California, San Diego, a healthy human stool is made up of around 70 per cent solids and 30 per cent fluids.
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology added the average person produces faeces at a rate of around 0.8 inches (2cm) a second.
They also found constipated people dedicate around 12 seconds to passing each stubborn stool.
Previous research suggests one third of people have no idea what a ‘normal poo’ looks like. Types three and four are healthy, while one and two suggest constipation. Type five could be due to a lack of fibre, while six and seven are likely down to inflammation of the intestine
What does a healthy stool look like?
This comes after research released in July 2016 suggested one third of British people have no idea what a ‘normal poo’ looks like.
Only 62.7 per cent understand what a healthy stool’s appearance should be, suggesting many are in the dark over their bowel health.
Perhaps even more worrying is that a quarter of people have stools that are not deemed ‘medically healthy’, according to a study by the bowel-device manufacturer Coloplast.
The experts add British people have a severe lack of knowledge of toilet habits, which are widely known to be indicators of bowel cancer.
An alarming 20 per cent of people claimed to ‘know nothing’ about bowel health, while a third admitted having ‘little’ knowledge.