How Much Weight Are You Lugging in Your Purse?

Amy Robach finds out what those scale-tipping handbags are doing to your body.
3:00 | 08/07/13

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The heavy bag. Let me state. -- -- -- -- -- up to see how much women are actually lugging around Abilene and Tyler profit doubted there. Quick rule of thumb. Handbags on one shoulder should not exceed 5% of your body weight that means for a 140 pound woman just seven pound. Well that was eight point 58 point nine now. Every -- Very -- happened yeah. Beauties -- why -- any -- -- this isn't a problem for men. Look at this man calling to Jim backs almost 36 pounds it's worth. In the long term if you're using it every single day you realize the effect that it can have on your muscles. And you wonder -- -- -- my -- so -- my leg so why is my foot sore fan mail because. You're walking too much -- back. At the NYU -- and medical center they analyze these exit carrying a heavy -- watched the body is leaning about six degrees when carrying a -- normally. But there's an over nine degree tilt -- the bank is held in the crook of the elbow. And a whopping twelve point seven degree difference when it's held away from the -- Putting more stress on the neck back knees even your feet. You aware of where you -- your bag and what -- games like when you hang in his state pain free backpacks are best. But can't be it fashion -- pop so duck -- John suggests carrying two bags instead of one. Opting for -- straps and cleaning out your bag every night -- -- undo send up and -- in the doctor's office for something like this so make sure you're not carrying around extraneous things I -- to -- -- -- to be -- -- -- -- ABC news New York.

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