Heavy Backpacks Are Deforming Kids & Causing Major Back Problems

Tue, March 13, 2012 6:00pm EST by 4 Comments
Heavy Backpacks Health

Do your kids carry overloaded school bags? Experts say they can cause irreversible back problems!

Half of all children suffer back pain by 14 years old, and doctors say heavy backpacks could be the cause, according to The Daily Mail!

Experts say kids risk long-term damage if they regularly carry more than 15 percent of their body weight over their shoulders, but the charity BackCare claims many kids are carrying as much as 25 percent to and from school!

“If children are getting back pain so young, then there is the potential they will have it for the next 70 to 80 years, which leads to an enormous physical and emotional cost,” Sean McDougall, a representative from the charity, says.

He stresses that parents should watch to make sure their kids’ bags aren’t overfilled.

“Parents should insist that their children pack their bags only with what they need for the next day and ensure that they are worn on both shoulders.”

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