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Heavy backpacks can affect your child’s health

ABC 10 KXTV – Alexa Renee

“A backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s weight, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This means, for an elementary school child weighing 50 to 60 pounds, their backpack should never reach more than about 12 pounds maximum. Ideally, it should be less. However, many children’s backpacks significantly exceed the recommended weight. The backpacks some children carry can weigh up to 50 pounds, according to Kamerman. For a smaller frame, that can be 50 percent of their body weight.”(more)

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