If Americans keep getting fatter, there will be no need for mittens in the future.
That's what the results of a new federal study suggest; that as the obesity epidemic continues, the need for mittens will decrease to a point where the industry's survival is in question.
A team of researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that overweight people tend to generate more heat than those who are lean, but that they weren't holding on to any more heat than their lean counterparts. Instead, they were releasing the extra body heat through their extremities, making the hand temperature of obese participants hotter than those of normal-weight volunteers.
"If that's the case, people could go without gloves and just stick their hands in their pockets," Carol Burdge, executive director of the International Glove Association, told TheStar.com. "You could use your hands like thermometers."