Heavy Burdens on Children's Backs

WILMINGTON -- As if the pressure of school is not enough, the weight of school may literally damage your child's back.

Schoolchildren now carry heavier books at a younger age than ever before.

Spine doctors say a backpack should not weigh more than 10 percent of a student's body weight. But WECT's news team finds out that a backpack filled with a standard load of school textbooks weighed almost 15 pounds more than it should be for the average middle school student.

Hauling around nearly 30 pounds of books every day could damage children's backs. Scoliosis and spine damage are just a few of the long-term issues associated with heavy bookbags.

To avoid medical problems, doctors recommend students wear their backpacks properly.

Rolling bookbags may be a solution to the weight problem, but some schools do not allow them.

Reported by Kim Gebbia