Published By: Alfaraz Laique

Why school bags should not be heavy

It is a well-known fact that heavy school bags are one of the main reasons for children’s backaches. It has been a long-standing debate as to whether or not school bags should be made lighter, and the answer is a resounding yes! There are many reasons why school bags should not be heavy. For one, it puts a strain on children’s developing muscles and joints. Additionally, it can lead to bad posture and even scoliosis.

Carrying a heavy school bag is part of daily routine of many children but it is not good. Let us explore some of the ways in which you can lighten your child’s load. From choosing the right backpack to packing it correctly, read on for some tips on how to make your child’s school bag lighter.

Muscle strain

One of the most common injuries that can be caused by carrying a heavy school bag is a muscle strain. This is because the muscles and tendons in the back and shoulders are put under a lot of stress when carrying a heavy load. This can lead to inflammation, pain and even tears in the muscles. In severe cases, it can also lead to problems with the spine and posture. To avoid these problems, it is important to make sure that your child's school bag is not too heavy. The ideal weight for a school bag should be no more than 10% of your child's body weight. If the bag is any heavier than this, it is likely to cause problems.


It is well-documented that carrying around a heavy school bag can lead to physical problems such as back and neck pain. However, what is often overlooked is the impact that a heavy school bag can have on a child's mental health. Carrying a heavy school bag can lead to fatigue, which can in turn lead to irritability, anxiety, and even depression. Fatigue can also negatively impact a child's concentration and memory, which can further hamper their academic performance. There are several things that parents and schools can do to help reduce the risk of fatigue associated with carrying a heavy school bag.  Taking these simple steps can help ensure that children are able to avoid the negative impact of fatigue on their mental health.

Bad posture

When you carry a heavy school bag, it causes your shoulders to round forward and your head to jut out. This puts strain on your back and neck muscles, which can lead to pain. Bad posture also makes you look slouchy and can cause problems with your breathing.