The 2010 MRI study was the first of its kind done by an Orthopedist. It showed spine damage advanced as back-pack weight was incrementally increased. Now as a person who suffered for 7 years in pain I felt I had to take action, I just cannot stand by and see our children carrying these heavy bags each day and this is why I set up a petition to address this issue. Our children have no voice in the matter as they're not protected from lifting heavy weights as adults are, a ruling I do not understand and cannot accept.
Every day I see children carrying heavy bags in the wrong way, either on one shoulder or too low down their backs, is education letting them down? As a parent I find they feel we are fussing, but then, this is understandable when they're allowed to get away with it, surely they need to be educated about posture, back health, carrying and lifting. If they were, then along with teachers and parents coaching them to carry in the correct manner, it would happen.
There is so much peer pressure in schools today and the children feel they have to conform even when it's uncomfortable or painful to them. In my day (now I'm sounding like my mum) we did not have this worry, I wore the worse school coat, but as everyone else did, it was not an issue. We had to wear a school coat, it was as simple as that, problem solved.
So today I say, school bag weight has to have a limit of 10% of their body weight to prevent any damage, but also, make a back-pack as a mandatory part of their school uniform and ensure they're worn correctly.
There are many ways in which the school bag weight can be reduced, a few simple changes to current processes would go along way, but changes seem to only come about when forced to do so....