Too Much Weight on Tiny Shoulders

Last year, India’s government issued new rules aimed at lightening students’ backpacks.
 
A 2016 survey found that 88% of 7-to-13-year-olds in India were toting backpacks nearly half their body weight; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests bags shouldn’t weigh more than 10-20% of a child's weight.
 
But parents and activists say the rules aren’t working. They worry about the health effects; the strain can alter posture and lead to musculoskeletal disorders.
 
Part of the problem: Publishers out to make a buck—pushing extra books and worksheets promising higher marks.
 
Educators are countering with creative solutions from digital learning to bag-carrying services.

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