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.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!
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.