Try not to punch your computer screen while reading this, but a new study has found middle-aged women’s waistlines are six inches bigger than 60 years ago. The reason: they do less housework and eat more calories. More from the Mirror:
The average female measured 28in around the middle when the Queen came to the throne, and she burned off 1,000 calories a day doing chores, research by over-50s service provider Saga revealed.
Today’s more relaxed way of life means the average waist is 34in.
Director general Dr Ros Altmann said improved appliances had significantly reduced the time and effort women spend on housework.
“When you think of the time that women had to spend cleaning and cooking, life is so much easier now – although obviously that has contributed to the bigger waistlines,” she said.
The findings came from a survey of 8,000 people comparing Britain in 1952 and in this Diamond Jubilee year.