DID YOU KNOW?
The average 12 year-old carries a backpack that weighs over 22% of their body weight.
After just seven minutes of wearing a backpack, students lose the "good" curves in their back, and fall into bad posture.
Backpack weight is related only to the needs of the school, and not the student's weight, health, or choices.
There are laws to protect people in the workforce from carrying loads that are too heavy for them, but currently no similar laws exist to protect children in schools.
Source: Postural effects of symmetrical and asymmterical loads on the spines of schoolchildren, Scoliosis 2007