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Women’s Handbag Health Concern

Weight of Women Handbag

What is in a Women’s Handbag

I recently came across this video with Dr Oz of Oprah Winfrey TV show fame talking about handbag weights on women’s health. Dr Oz quoted a survey study done by the American Chiropractic Association on the weight ladies carry in their handbags. In the UK a similar research study has been done by department store, Debenhams.

See what Dr Oz says about the weight of a woman’s handbag and how she carries it can affect her back in his show “Handbag Hazards”. Also find out what the average weight of a UK woman’s handbag is and how it has changed over the years by 100%.

Dr Oz’s Handbag Hazards Video

So as you would have seen and heard the two major points from the Dr Oz video above are:
  1. Maximum Handbag Weight should be 15 pounds or 6.8kg
  2. Best kind of way to carry a handbag is the messenger bag way over one shoulder and the opposite hip

Handbag Fashion Pain

So in fashion is it a no pain no gain situation?

Well here are two articles talking about how a woman’s health can be affected by what she decieds to carry in her handbag. The first is by the Here is the American Chiropractic Association in relation to their handbag study, the second by Reuters talking about the Debenhams handbag reaserch in the UK for 2010.

What is the Average Handbag Weight?

In the UK Debenhams clothing store found that over the last 15 years the weight in women’s handbags has changed. The average weight of a British woman’s handbag increased from 1.4kg in the mid-1990’s to a peak of 3.5kg in 2006/7.

Now due to the size and weight of gadgets decreasing like the iPhone and iPod the average UK handbag weight for 2010 is 3.3kg

It is amazing to have read how women carry laptops in their handbags. To be honest I haven’t seen a nice macbook pro sticking out the top of a ladies handbag. Maybe that will change again with the ipad for 2010.

In either case for women it looks like be careful what you decide to carry in the new handbag. It may be bad for your back health.

If you own a handbag please weigh it and tell me in the comments how much it weighs. I’d love to know.

  • handbags

    You are welcome, Man.

  • Glad you liked the article on handbags thanks for the comment.

  • handbags

    This is a really nice article, though I used handbags too I never pay attention to the problems that may be caused by heavy handbags. Thanks.

  • Kitsilano Sports Chiropractic

    I like Dr OZ, at least he is highlighting the fact this can have an affect on your health. Great find. Though off topic, I do feel the average American woman must weigh more than 65kg, i have seen at least 10 women who are more than that, out of the few I saw there. Just tried your small test on my girlfriend, and the scales say… 16lbs! No wonder she always wants massages on her back, I have told her no more bottled perfumes in her bag for now. Astounding find!