Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Bigger the Better (part 2)

Shortly after seeing a picture of Katie Holmes holding a gargantuan Birkin bag, I noticed an article in the Wall Street Journal about "Extreme Baggage." The article speaks to the growing number of back and shoulders problems resulting from purse related injuries. A chiropractor was interviewed and said that these injuries and sprains have risen 30% since last year.
The article goes on to say that as a rule of thumb, backpacks should not be heavier than 10% of your body weight; purses should be even less heavy since a backpack's weight is distributed over the body while weight from a purse is in a concentrated area. The recommended weight for a purse is 1-2 pounds... How can this be managed when the overall weight of some handbags without anything in them are that heavy?
According to this article this extra purse weight can cause damage to your some parts of your body such as tendinitis. As a result, you may need muscle stimulation or cortisone shots. Not something to ignore.
How heavy is the bag you carry with and without the goods inside?
WSJ Picture

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