Women put 6 inches on waists in 60 years: And the main reason They don't use as much elbow grease when they do the housework
20:46 GMT, 24 May 2012
It's almost enough to make you put down the paper and pick up the Hoover.
Women’s waistlines have grown by six inches over the past 60 years – because they don’t do as much housework as their forebears, researchers claim.
Without the benefit of modern household appliances, 1950s housewives used to burn up to 1,000 calories a day simply by doing the chores.
Keeping slim: A 1950's housewife burnt off around 1,000 per cleaning session
Growing trend: The the average female waist is now 34 inches
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He said many struggle to lose the extra pounds between giving birth becoming pregnant with their second child.
The latest figures show 23.9 per cent of women are obese, compared with 22.1 per cent of men.
Saga’s survey also showed how the relationship between the generations has changed over the past six decades.
Grown-up children were once expected to subsidise the income of their parents, but today the over-50s are increasingly likely to still be supporting their offspring instead.
Attitudes towards retirement have also changed. In 1952, finishing work was seen as a chance to rest and relax. Men aged 65 had a life expectance of 12.1 years, while for women it was 15.5 years.
Nowadays, life expectancy for 65-year-olds is 21.7 years for men and 24.2 years for women. It means retirement tends to be seen as an opportunity to change direction – but also that nearly four in ten adults want to, or have to, continue working after retirement.