Why Gucci, Fendi and Hermes May be Bad For You

by DavalosMcCormack on January 23, 2009

I carry a gym bag a lot, well what do you expect, we write Healthy and Simple, so I have to get to the gym and practice what I preach!

I carry a purse too. The one I got for Christmas is smaller than the one that I used to carry.  I used to carry a purse that was, ahmmmm, quite large.  In fact, I saw in the New York Times Sunday Styles section, that I wasn’t the only woman to carry a large purse. You know that picture section where the photog takes shots of what women are wearing, trends like white coats,  black tights.  This one was on big oversized purses.
It made me wonder how much weight I was hauling around.  So I looked it up to see if there is a study about purses and health.  Guess what? Dr. Jane Sadler, of Baylor Medical Center in Texas, says those over-sized bags not only add stress to your back, they also can become a pain in the neck, in the back, in the head, in the shoulder, and jumbo-sized purses can possibly even cause arthritis!

Arthritis!  Can you believe it? So all of us bag holders, must drop it!

Dr. Sadler was noticing that many of her patients complained of neck, shoulder and back pain.  She pursed her lips and thought, “Why would otherwise strapping young women be complaining about backs, shoulders and necks?  Ah Haaa!  They all had one thing in common.  Jumbo Bags.

So Dr. Sadler marched them right over to the scales and found that the average bag weighed between 7 and 10 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to be schlepping around town.  When I got on the scale with my purse I was about 10 lbs more too!  And when I added my gym bag, 25lb!
Sadler recommends that women empty out the contents of their bags and take a hard look at what they put in there. She says many woman have lots of unnecessary stuff in their bags, like a big bag of make-up, lots of spare change.

Of course, many women find that half the stuff in their purse is not their own, it’s a camera that their husband wanted to bring along but didn’t have a pocket for; then of course he wanted to have some spare batteries; throw in some sunglasses, binoculars and sunscreen and before you know it you’re weighted down like a sherpa climbing Mt. Everest.

But if all the stuff in there is yours, then check it out. Do you need it? Do you use it? Do you want it? If you even have to stop to think about it the probable answer is no. Take it out.

It will be a weight off your mind, and a weight off your shoulder.

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