We already know that women carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, but now it’s proven! Well, sort of. Two of my favorite magazines carried similar stories within one month of each other … must be an important message.
“The Oprah Magazine” has an article in the October issue called, “Shop Smart: Is your Handbag Killing You?” while “Real Simple” magazine has an article in the September issue called, “Is your handbag weighing you down? Here’s how to lighten your load.” (Unfortunately, “Real Simple” doesn’t post the article on their Web site.)
Writers for both articles talk about bags that are too heavy and how these purses can be contributing to back and shoulder pain in women. It’s not just the purses themselves, but the contents as well.
“O Magazine” weighed items that women typically carry: iPod, wallet, cell phone, PDA, etc. and came up with a total of 15 pounds (not including the bag).
“Real Simple” sampled purses from women on the streets of New York and found the heaviest bag weighing in at 18 pounds.
I’m pleased to say that my bag weighs just under 3 pounds — which is plenty for me. How much does your purse weigh?