Dr Oz: Healthy Purse Advice
Dr Oz did a segment on what you should remove from your purse to help prevent back pain and health problems. Doctor Oz weighed the purse of everyone in his audience and the total weight was 403 pounds, which is around the same weight as a fully grown gorilla! He found two ladies who had the heaviest purses – one weighed 10 pounds and the other purse weighed nearly 15 pounds.
Dr Oz: Flat Strap Purse
Doctor Oz first spoke to the woman with the 10 pound purse (which is equivalent to carrying around two sacks of potatoes). She was carrying around toys for kids, bubbles, a bottle of water, hand sanitizer, a book, a wallet and a bottle of hairspray. Dr Oz said that when you carry a purse on your shoulder that weighs 10 pounds, you naturally will push up your shoulder and freeze your muscle to counteract the weight. The result can be neck pain and headaches. Dr Oz said that often when a woman has a headache mainly on one side of her head, it is due to the weight of her purse. Doctor Oz said that you should avoid purses with rounded straps, because they actually cut off circulation in your body. Instead, look for a bag with a wide, flat, cushy strap.
Dr Oz: Cross-Body Bag
Dr Oz next spoke to the lady with the 13 pound purse and found that she was carrying around extra shoes, a wallet and a whole slew of different electronic devices. Her purse was the type that you either hold in your hand or sling around your elbow, both of which are bad for your lower back. Doctor Oz said that at least if you are going to insist on carrying such a heavy purse, you should opt for a Cross-Body Bag… and as long as you have walk confidently, you will still look cool!