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School kids carrying heavy bags Dear Editor,

Many new subjects of study and books have been introduced. As a result, children's school bags have become extremely heavy. This causes an unnecessary strain on the kid’s spine and can lead to serious injury. It has been seen that sometimes children carry bags that are more than half their body weight. It is astonishing to see children, most of them barely four foot tall, carry huge schoolbags to school five days a week, carrying them from their homes to the assembly, then to class, and then back home again. The lucky ones have transport to and from school, but even they have to carry their own bags while in the school premises.I hope that the public and concerned authorities will take appropriate steps to relieve the students of the heavy burden of school bags.

A large number of school kids carrying heavy bags are falling victims to temporary as well as permanent medical conditions, such as backaches, spondylitis, neck pain, deformed skeletons and lung problems, experts say. If a child’s school bag weighs more than 15 per cent of the body weight, the journal notes, it changes the angle of shoulder, neck, trunk and lower limb, and affects overall posture.

Another study conducted by the Indian Medical Association revealed that heavy bags can result in permanent disability as growth of the skeletal system among children occurs during puberty.

"It is so hard for a kid to carry the heavy bag to school and climb several floors to reach the classroom.”

—Amaira Rajput,

Kathua.


News Updated at : Friday, October 13, 2017
 
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