It’s Halloween. That means it’s time for zombies, vampires, and a caloric intake that will frighten the pants off of just about anyone.
Today, a CNN article stated that the average child consumes as many as 7,000 calories (10+03) on Halloween night. Each little princess or pirate expends 10+04 joules of energy to metabolize a single gram of sugar, but it takes a lot more energy than that to undo an evening of Snickers and Kit Kats. A 100 pound child would have to walk for 44 hours to burn off all those calories, according to Dr. Donna Arnett, chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. Perhaps this news isn’t surprising. After all, The Huffington Post claims that “one quarter of all the candy sold annually is for Halloween night.” In addition, as a nation, “we consume 20 million pounds of candy corn a year” (2 x 10+07); and that’s saying something—because, really, who do you know that eats candy corn after October 31?
This information isn’t intended to suck the joy out of the holiday (because I too will be indulging). It’s simply a precursor to a question: does anyone want to be my walking partner this week?