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Weight of the school bag should not exceed 10% of the student’s weight
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 27: Dr Youssef Koleilat, an orthopedic consultant at Al-Seef Hospital, warned about the complications of heavy school bags for students, reports Al-Rai daily. In a statement recently to the daily, Koleilat suggested that “the weight of the school bag should not exceed 10 percent of the student’s weight.
Unfortunately, we found out that most students carry bags weighing more than 17 percent of their weight. To determine if your child’s school bag is too heavy for him, you must look at him while carrying the bag.
If he has to bend forward to balance himself, this means the bag is heavy for him.” He added that “a doctor’s visit is necessary if back pain persists and the child’s back is curved.
Although some schools have lockers for the students, most students prefer to keep books in their possession; thereby, increasing the load on their backs.”