Does Shopping Negatively Affect your Health?

I came across a very unusual article on  The article states that shopping could cause stress on your body.  What I find even crazier than this notion, is that fact that they actually found a doctor to support this stance.  The department store, Harvey Nichols, teamed up with the elusive “Dr. Rosemary Leonard” with which we get to see none of his credentials, and yet his word is used as support for the notion that shopping can be bad for our health.  You may be asking, how?  When I first saw the title I figured they’d focus on the stress that shopping can cause when someone is searching for something they need on a time constraint.  But no, they’re referring to physical stress.  Apparently, shopping bags are a danger.  If you’re carrying too many they can cause tingling in your hands and restricted blood flow.  I’d have to say that if I’m carrying way to many bags, the happiness in my heart is going to outweigh any tingling or numbness I might feel in my hands.

Apparently, carrying too many bags can make you faint.  I’ve carried many bags before and the only time I’ve felt like fainting was when I walked into the shoe department at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City during the holiday season…and I wasn’t even carrying any bags at the time.

By the end of the article, we finally learn that Dr. Leonard is a practicing GP.  Okay great, so he’s not a dentist or just a guy who did a lot of school to get a “Dr” before his name.  But then he says that he sees more shopping-related stress injuries when the economy is thriving.  And then I begin to question him again.  People actually go to the doctor for this?

Although it’s probably blatantly obvious, I’m just going to spit it out anyways: Injuries from shopping = “First World Rich Girl” problems.  Although I feel like that doesn’t even quite capture the whole essence of it, but it’ll have to do.

So just think about this the next time your at a store and your debating whether or not to buy that fifth pair of boots.  Do you really want to risk your health by carrying around heavy shoes?  Personally, yes.  I’m okay with that sacrifice.  But apparently some people think it’s a big problem.   Let me know what you think!

Shop Safe!


J. Molly



5 thoughts on “Does Shopping Negatively Affect your Health?

  1. sarahciarciello says:

    This is something I don’t really think of but I don’t take into consideration! I have major back neck and shoulder pain from my purses but I normally just grin and bare with it and keep shopping! Nothing can really stop me shopping unless the stop closes! Haha

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