Science Has An Explanation For Why Women Are Freezing At Work

If you’re the type of woman who’s always wrapping herself in a giant blanket during the steaming hot summer months at work, there’s a reason for that. According to a new report, office temperatures are tailored for 40-year-old, 154-pound men.

The report, published in Nature Climate Change, found that the temperature in buildings is based on a 1960s “thermal comfort model” determined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

The model takes factors like clothing, humidity, air speed and metabolism into consideration, but there are a few problems with that, including that it was established five decades ago. For context, Forbes reported “the percentage of adult American women who are employed climbed from about 37 percent in 1965 to about 55 percent in 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Bureau of Economic Research.”

Women are generally smaller than men and have a higher body fat percentage. So, their metabolic rate is 20 percent to 35 percent lower,” lead researcher Boris Kingma said, according to Business Insider. Because muscle keeps the body warmer than fat does, this explains why office temperatures are usually just fine for men.

As physicist Joost van Hoof pointed out to the New York Times, “If women have lower need for cooling it actually means you can save energy, because right now we’re just cooling for this male population.”

Besides helping the environment out, there are other reasons to cut back on air conditioner use. Air conditioners can lead to breathing problems, fatigue and headaches, to name a few.

H/T The New York Times

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Soda Is No Longer Welcome In Most Americans’ Diets

By: Elizabeth Goldbaum
Published: 08/04/2015 10:40 AM EDT on LiveScience

America’s seemingly bottomless thirst for soda may be waning, according to a new Gallup poll.

Diet and regular soda are at the top of the list of things that people said they try to avoid in their diets, with 62 percent saying they avoid drinking diet soda, and 61 percent saying they avoid regular soda, according to Gallup. Moreover, 50 percent of people now try to avoid sugar in their diets.

Only these three items, of the 11 included in the survey, garnered aversion from at least half of respondents. But the poll also found that 47 percent said they tried to avoid fat, 39 percent worked at skipping the salt and 25 percent tried to hold off on carbohydrates.

Americans are much more likely to avoid soda now than they were over a decade ago, in 2002, when 41 percent said they avoided the beverage, according to Gallup. They are also more likely now to avoid sugar than they were in 2002, when 43 percent said they skipped the sweet stuff. [8 Tips for Fighting Sugar Cravings]

Fruits, vegetables and poultry were the foods least likely to be avoided, according to the poll.

When it came to favored foods, more than half of Americans said they try to include red meat (63 percent), dairy products (68 percent), grains (70 percent), seafood (76 percent), poultry (83 percent), fruits (90 percent) and vegetables (93 percent), according to the poll.

And about a fifth (21 percent) now try to include gluten-free foods in their diet.

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