Heavy Backpacks Are Deforming Kids & Causing Major Back Problems

Tue, March 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT 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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Terry

Posted at 8:42 PM on April 3, 2012  

Less busy work homework and more books on kindle would solve this. All three of my girls, who are very small have back problems. They are 22, 20 and 17.

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Meghan

Posted at 5:37 PM on March 18, 2012  

This has been going around for at least 10 years that I know of. I heard this when I was in school and I am 26.

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sara

Posted at 3:26 PM on March 14, 2012  

I like oranges and banana’s yum.

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Rebecca

Posted at 1:35 PM on March 14, 2012  

I was an Au Pair in France where children don’t wear backpacks. Instead they use bags on wheels, similar to the carry-on luggage that business executive take on airplanes. North American teachers & parents need to adopt this trend. It saves kids backs!

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