DANGERS OF CARRYING HEAVY SCHOOL BAGS.

Oversized school bags are taking their toll on the nation’s future. A large number of school kids carrying heavy bags are falling victims to temporary as well as permanent medical conditions, such as back pain, deformed skeletons and lung problems, experts say.

According to a recent report published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics, about 30 per cent of school children complain of back pain. If a child’s school bag weighs more than 15 per cent of their body weight, the journal notes, it changes the angle of shoulder, neck, trunk and lower limb and affects overall posture.

Another study shows heavy bags can result in permanent disability as growth of the skeletal system among children occurs during puberty. It also says that the children carrying bags weighing more than 10 per cent of their body weight have been found to have poorer lung function.
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The issue needs urgent attention… situation is distressing. At times school bags more than 10 percent of the body weight of a student, as is happening in most cases now, cause permanent change in the posture of a child.” Infact cases of death as a result of this are often reported.
An ongoing campaign to help our children tagged “Save my child ‘Save my back’. The campaign aims at ensuring that bags carried by students are not heavy enough to cause back problems. School bags weighing more than 10 per cent of a child’s own weight can cause permanent changes in posture .
“Today, children carry bags as much as 30-40 per cent of their body weight. What will we achieve when a child gains good knowledge but has back pain and other health problems for life?

A large number of people including parents, teachers and doctors have signed petition as regards this appalling situation, an NGO called “Save my back” Save my child ” is appealing to the Ministry of Human Resource Development to frame a policy for reducing the weight of the bags which is to be made applicable to all schools in the country. If the HRD ministry does not act, we will file in a report with the court of law.

it’s major issue students are suffering significant court orders and recommendations have not been followed on this issue.

The protest is bidding so that kids shall not be burdened with homework till Class 1 and suggesting that there should be no books in the bag in pre-school classes, and that children should only carry a tiffin box and play materials.

It said school bags for classes 1 and 2 should not weigh more than 2 kg. For classes 3 and 4, the bag’s weight should be less than 3 kg, and those studying in classes 5 to 8 shouldn’t carry bags that are more than 4 kg. The upper limit for senior classes from 9 to 12 has been set at 6 kg.