Researchers surveyed 8,000 men and women on their waist sizes, calorie intake and lifestyle and then compared those results with the average statistics for adults in 1952.
60 years ago, the average woman’s waistline measured 28 inches. Today, it comes in at 34 inches - a full six inches larger.
And what do they consider the main reason for the increase? Housewives in generations past would burn up to 1,000 calories a day doing chores, and modern appliances that make housework easier.
"If you think back to the 1950s most women would not even have had a washing machine," lead researcher, Doctor Ros Altmann told the Daily Mail.
"They wouldn't have had duvets so the simple task of making a bed would have demanded far more physical activity. Women would have burned a significant number of calories just keeping the house going."
So there you go! We shouldn't bother with silly things like going for a run or joining a gym... we just need to get to work cleaning the house and baking cakes.
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