Not doing enough housework is 'making women fat'

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  1. Iris

    Iris Superhero Member Admin

    Dec 4, 2013
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    • Study: Average female spends 20% less time on chores than 35 years ago
    • Advances in technology means housework is lighter than in the past
    • Lack of chores and more sedentary commutes are fuelling obesity crisis
    • Study found people actually eat 20% fewer calories now but exercise less


    The average female now spends almost 20 per cent less time on chores than her counterpart in the early 1980s.
    Advances in technology also meant the housework she does do is likely to be lighter than in past.
    While this brings many benefits, substituting strenuous housework for sedentary office work may take its toll on the waistline.

    For instance, while mopping floors burns off 200 calories an hour ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ roughly a bar of chocolate ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ sitting in front of a computer uses up as few as 70 calories.
    Men, however, can├óÔé¼Ôäót use lack of housework as an excuse for their pot bellies.
    The UK├óÔé¼Ôäós males are actually doing slightly more around the house in the past, the European Economic Association├óÔé¼Ôäós annual conference heard.
    Britain has the biggest obesity problem in western Europe, with one in four adults obese - so heavy that their health is at risk.
    Obesity rates have more than trebled in the last 30 years and it is feared that more than half the population could be obese by 2050.

    To their surprise, they found that although we eat out more, snack more and spend more on food, we eat around 20 per cent fewer calories than we did 30 years ago.
    Researcher Melanie Luhrmann said this is because we are filling our shopping baskets with fruit and vegetables and other healthier foods, rather than jams and other sugar-loaded treats.
    Despite this, the weight is piling on, and Dr Luhrmann believes this is because we are exercising less.
    Jobs have become more sedentary, people spend more time watching TV and little sport is played.
    The study showed the average Britain spends just 11.5 minutes a day playing sport.
    Finally, commutes are longer but less active.

    So, while 30 years ago, someone may have had a short walk to work, today they may have a much longer journey but spend it sitting on public transport.
    Dr Luhrmann, a lecturer in economics, said: ├óÔé¼╦£Basically, people are eating less but maybe they are not eating little enough, given that activity levels have declined a lot.
    ├óÔé¼╦£Our research suggests that we are probably ill-advised to just look at food consumption as the main factor explaining obesity.
    ├óÔé¼╦£Both physical activity and calories are important.
    ├óÔé¼╦£Maybe we should spend more time on a more comprehensive approach where we don├óÔé¼Ôäót tell people to do more sport or eat less, but to work out how active they are and work on their diet accordingly.├óÔé¼Ôäó

    Source: Daily Mail

  2. forgotten in space

    forgotten in space Champion Super Mod

    Dec 5, 2013
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    what a stupid fucking retarded headline. oh wait it's the Daily Rag :van:

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