America Is So Fat Because We Don't ... Clean as Much?
At-home women burn 360 fewer calories a day on housework than in 1965
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2013 9:44 AM CST
A new study says American women spend dramatically less time doing housework now than 45 years ago.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Could spending less time on housework be making Americans fatter? A study of American women's cleaning habits from 1965 to 2010 shows that the amount of time spent on housework by non-working women fell nearly in half, from 25.7 hours a week to just 13.3 hours, while sedentary time (ie, parked in front of a TV or computer) more than doubled to 16.5 hours a week. That works out to 360 fewer calories burned each day, reports the New York Times.

"Those are large reductions in energy expenditure," said the study's lead author. Even for working women, 132 fewer housework-related calories were burned. The good news is that his prescription isn't necessarily more hours behind a vacuum; he acknowledges that advances in cleaning technology make tasks like that quicker and easier than they once were. But he does recommend that we inventory our at-home activity, and try to lessen the amount of time spent in a chair.

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Mar 4, 2013 8:15 PM CST
This isn't true. The spaces between my flab is so clean I can eat off them and usually do because food gets stuck in there.
Feb 28, 2013 7:08 PM CST
This is annoyingly laughable. What a waste of funds, time and energy. Of course people are not cleaning as much as they did back in the day. We have better things to do. A cyber life to contend with as well. We have little retarded looking robots that wander our houses all day, just rolling over lint balls and cheeto crumbs. It broke four months ago and no one has noticed. It's like a pet they forget to feed. I hope this was one of those ''mall survey's''....or we wasted an ass load of resources.
Feb 28, 2013 4:10 PM CST
I wish I could get thousands of dollars in grant money to conduct absolutely WORTHLESS studies too.... I would take that money and go to Vegas, fly all my friends out to party, get absolutely hammered, rent some midget strippers to ride midget ponies while they wear roller skates in the back of a moving van, and then drive that van off a cliff into a massive container of kittens. Then I would climb out of the burning van and tweet the results of my study.... "People that are lazy tend to not clean. They also tend to be fat because they are lazy. Conclusion: Fat people are also poor cleaners." My study would be 100 times more valuable than the garbage in this article.....