Have you picked up your high school kid’s backpack lately? Oh my gosh! My husband picked up our high school granddaughter’s backpack and was astounded at its heaviness. He also offered to carry her friend’s book bag and was equally astounded at the weight. He guessed each bag easily weighed close to 40 pounds. Do we need to put warning signs on book back packs? Warnings such as: “Carry at your own risk”, or “Carrying half your body weight is bad for your health”.
These questions come to mind:
- Has anyone checked to see what health effect carrying these heavy book bags has on the backs of these kids?
- How much homework is being given to these kids making it necessary to carry that many books home?
- Are teachers aware of their colleagues’ homework assignments causing students to carry books from multiple classes?
When I was a young girl my mom would say to me “Take care of your health during your young years so that you can enjoy a health filled old age.” Well I’m in that old age category now and while I didn’t have to carry 40 pounds of books when I was younger, I do know how important my back is to me today.
Following my mother’s wisdom, I think I can safely assumed that kids who are carrying the heavy weight of books on their backs now, will have major back problems as they get older. These kids are in their developmental years. Anything to excess can be detrimental to their health, certainly carrying very heavy book bags on their backs falls into this excess category.
Check the weight of the books your kids are carrying on their backs. Let me hear from you.