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Malaysians sympathizes Thai school girl who struggles to lift her bag, shared their similar experiences here

Heavy school bags have been the topic of discussion for many years but little has been done to address this issue.

We know that heavy school bags can be bad for our posture, and in more serious cases, cause functional scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine), we still see school children carrying these huge bags to school.

Recently, a video showing a child in Thailand struggling to lift her school bag had gone viral on social media. The little girl can be seen standing at the side of the road as she tried over and over to lift the heavy bag onto her shoulder.

After failing to lift the bag, she dropped the bag in frustration and stretched her arms to the side before trying to carry her bag again.

However, the bag was just too heavy for her and she fell on the group again. She then gave up and dragged her bag along the streets as she continues her journey.

Lucky for her, a man across the street saw her struggling and helped her lift her bag while she put her arms through the shoulder straps of the bag. Although that helped her to carry the heavy bag, she had to walk and bend forward at an angle to support the extra weight without falling backwards.

Meanwhile, Malaysians felt her struggles as most of us have similar experiences. Many had voiced out for the children and urge the authorities to do some to rectify this issue.

Some suggested that schools prepare lockers for students to keep their books, while others suggested schools to reduce the number of exercise books needed.

Source: The Star

According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Granada and UK-based Liverpool John Moores University in 2019, it was found that the maximum weight a child should carry using a school backpack is no more than 10% of their body weight.

As for backpack trolley, the bag should not weigh greater than 20% of the child’s body weight.

Do you have any suggestions on how to reduce the weight of school bags? Share your thoughts!

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