According to a new study, the reason women have gotten more heavy is they don’t do enough housework. Shouldn’t there be a study about men and yardwork?
The science behind this is pretty solid, and more about our society’s use of machines to do work for us, but it still seems a little bit sexist.
Here’s the highlights:
The study out of the University of South Carolina says women are gaining weight over time and the reason is that they don’t do enough housework.
In 1965, the average woman did 25.7 hours of cooking and cleaning a week. And that meant they were up and active and burning calories. Today, women do about HALF that, 13.3 hours.
And what are women doing with their spare 12 hours a week? The study says they’re sitting on the couch, watching TV, which doesn’t burn calories. The average woman burns between 132 and 360 fewer calories per day now than in 1965.
Although the study is a bit sexist, I know my mom did a ton of housework, and had arms like Michelle Obama’s without ever lifting a weight (although my brother was a heavy little guy, so I’m not sure I’m right there). That being said, women today also work outside the house, and SOME get little help from their chunkier husbands.
According to the web site Jezebel:
…we should all probably exercise more. Or go on this sixties housewife diet that I just invented that consists only of barbiturates and the ice from your husband’s scotch. You’ll be a (not fat) Betty Draper yet!