A load too heavy
Various stake holders and health experts give their take on the age old problem of heavy michael kors outlet school bags.
The sun was barely up, and neither was little Andy, who was seen nodding off to sleep as his mother pulled up alongside the school gate.
Still groggy, Andy was reluctant to leave the comfort of his car, but a few words from his mother, who had to open his door, achieved the effect no alarm clock could.
up, mommy has to rush for an important meeting, she said, as her seven year old son sluggishly got out. your own bag today. I in a hurry. was suddenly wide awake, and his muted protests concerning the heavy load were to no avail as his mother helped him put on his backpack before s michael kors outlet peeding off.
Muttering, Andy trudged away, slouching and struggling with his heavy backpack. Andy morning may have been spoilt, but in truth, he was one of the lucky ones as most children carry their own bags on a daily basis.
The issue of heavy school bags is a perennial problem, and many parents are less than impressed. A number have expressed their discontent by writing to StarEducation, and those quizzed outside the school gates were equally vocal.
are too many periods in a day, said Leon Loke. daughter in Year Three carries more than 5kg everyday and she only weighs 19kg.
should not be the way, as carrying such a heavy load is bad for her health. support of Loke outburst, experts and health boards say that a backpack should weigh between 10 and 15% of a child body weight.
So, hypothetically, a child who weighs 40kg should carry between 4 and 6kg of books in his or her backpack.
However, such is not the case in Malaysia, and parents became even more concerned when Backpack Syndrome complications like poor posture and muscle aches as the result of carrying heavy backpacks was explained to them.
Some even used themselves or their spouses as living examples.
Pointing at her husband Syahril Abdul Jalil, Aniza Anis Sallihudin said that he did not have the right posture and slouched as the result of carrying too much weight in his younger years.
don michael kors outlet want my seven year old daughter Sofea to run the same risk, she said.
may not be required to stand 30 40 minutes on a bus, but I rather be on the safe side. truth and myth collide
A few even expressed their belief that carrying heavy backpacks could lead to their children developing scoliosis a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine.
Literally meaning condition in Greek, scoliosis results in a spine that looks like an curve, rather than a straight line, from an X ray rear view.
However, a Bernama report in June quoted Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin saying that there was no association between the occurrence of scoliosis and heavy school bags.
It was also mentioned that 13,340 Year Six pupils in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Kuala Terengganu were screened for the medical condition in 2008 and 2009, but only six developed the disorder.
Further checks with International Medical University (IMU) chiropractic centre head Dr George Le Beau and sports medicine specialist Dr William Chan Liang Wah confirmed this.
is pathological in nature as we are talking about an actual deformity of the spinal vertebrae, said Dr Le Beau, who has over 38 years experience in the chiropractic field.
at birth, such as having one leg shorter than the other or a crooked vertebrae, lead to scoliosis, and not heavy school bags. Chan, who has run the s Backcare clinic in Subang Jaya for over a decade, agreed and added that scoliosis could develop as a secondary symptom of other conditions such as cerebral palsy that cannot be linked to school bags.
Although sc michael kors outlet oliosis is out of the question, parents still have their fair share of worries as carrying heavy backpacks could result in health complications.
Dr Chan said that heavy loads, and incorrect lifting and carrying techniques, could result in muscular skeletal injuries to a student neck, shoulders and back.
injuries come in the form of muscle strains, tendonitis, tendon sprain, disc injuries, the rounding of the shoulders, and a distortion of the natural curve of one spine, he said.
heavy loads may also transfer stress to the knees and hip joints, and although findings have not been substantial, this could lead to adverse effects on growing bone growth plates. added that parents should be on the lookout for warning signs like neck, shoulder and back aches, as well as headaches, stiffness and fatigue.
And parents have to ensure that their children adhere to the proper technique of lifting and carrying their bags.
However, this may not be enough as Dr Le Beau feels that many especially male students would still veer away from guidelines.