Stay weather aware Thursday

Research explains why women are always cold at work

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Finally, women receive validation as they shiver their way through their work emails, wearing sweaters in August like it’s January.

According to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, women have slower metabolic rates because of their higher percentage of body fat. Slower metabolic rates mean that the average ideal temperature for women is almost five degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it is for men.

The researchers, Kingma and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, both of whom are at the University of Maastricht Medical Center in the Netherlands, say most modern offices use climate control systems based on the metabolic rate of an average 40-year-old man who weighs 155 pounds.

Offices should re-evaluate, they say, based on their workforce which is often almost 50% women.

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