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Heavy handbags can cause health problems

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Many of us live out of our handbags. We've got our wallets, phones, keys, and make-up in there and much more. But those items can weigh you down.

Nothing like a scale to reveal the truth: we stopped a woman on the street who was carrying a large handbag that is quite literally weighing her down.

Doctors say those bulging pocketbooks we lug around day after day are ruining our neck and spine. In fact, one study suggests your purse should not weigh more than 15 percent of your body weight.

So we put some New Yorkers bags to the test and weighed some women's handbags: 8, 15 pounds, and more.

Then it was time for full disclosure: my bag weighed 17 pounds.

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