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

(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.

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"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. (Read more housework stories.)

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