Ladies, the New York Times thinks that the reason you are so fat is because you don’t do as much housework as you once did.
One reason so many American women are overweight may be that we are vacuuming and doing laundry less often, according to a new study that, while scrupulously even-handed, is likely to stir controversy and emotions.
Women, they found, once had been quite physically active around the house, spending, in 1965, an average of 25.7 hours a week cleaning, cooking and doing laundry. Those activities, whatever their social freight, required the expenditure of considerable energy.
Forty-five years later, in 2010, things had changed dramatically. By then, the time-use diaries showed, women were spending an average of 13.3 hours per week on housework.
Messy houses make for big bottoms. Or another way to look at it. The woman who cooks, cleans, and does laundry more is slimmer and thus more attractive. Me and the boys have a name for such a cycle, it is called Win-Win!
February 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm
Then it just goes to show, the more children you have the more laundry and cleaning you do. I was skinny skinny until the youngest of six stopped eating off my plate and I could actually sit all the way through a meal.
February 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm
As a stay-at-home Dad I resent this. I'm fat too.
February 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm
I noticed that when I recently went to help with my new granddaughter I was on my feet constantly rather than sitting in front of a computer at a desk job and lost 5 lbs.
February 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm
My weight gain comes from eating all the food left on my kids plates. Waste not!
Picky eaters. I eat my dinner. Then theirs.
March 1, 2013 at 11:35 am
Considering how much laundry I do, I think I should be much thinner…
March 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm
True. The more we move, the more calories we burn. Tending to children at home, doing housework, gardening, etc., all involve more movement than sitting at a desk. By the way, I'm not a sanctimonious skinny person … I'm fat and I've been in both sets of shoes. 🙂
March 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm
But unfortunately, women now have to bring in the bucks too, and quite often do it sitting at a desk in front of a computer. 40 hours a week of that and commuting just makes for less time cleaning the house. There are only so many hours in a day. The spouses will just have to split the wonderful benefits of doing housework!