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What do students think about heavy book bags Scholastic Choice magazine August 2002 edition said that 70 of high school students suffer from back problems due to overweight book bags Exactly what causes these bags to be overweight Heavy books that students carry around all day and rarely use Sometimes it seems books are too big for the classes that dont use them frequently These books just sit in students book bags adding to the weight and making it unbearable If books were to be purchased as paperback or in a series of small books that you could switch out as you finish each book this would reduce weight and make it easier on students Otherwise a second set of books should be purchased so that students could take a book home for studying and homework and leave one in the classroom for class work assignments This would cut down on weight Book bags hurt my back after school because they are so heavy with so many books to carry all day said freshmen Vicki McCracken According to httpwwwmcgedunewsbeeperaug22backpackhtm Book bags range from about 10 to 30 lbs daily The average backpack weighed 138 pounds Students carry about 3 books and binders a day all these supplies together become very heavy MD Amanda Meier Pediatrician at University of Iowa Hospitals says Every 10 pounds of weight slung on a childs back equals 100 pounds of back pressureHaving a lot of padding in a shoulder strap eases the pressure placed on both the shoulder and neck Meier said According to httpthehonoluluadvertisercomarticle2001Sep06ilil01ahtml The weight of most textbooks is an average of 10-15 pounds each A student should never carry a backpack that is over 10 percent of their body weight A student who is 100 pounds should not carry a bag over 10 pounds which would indicate that many students should not be carrying heavy school books Book bags are not designed for extreme
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