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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dr. Bergin on FOX7: Heavy Backpacks and How to Lighten the Load

Books, pens, notebooks... kids' backpacks are packed! These heavy bags don't just rob kids' energy that would be better used doing homework or playing sports. Lugging them can also lead to aches and pains, accidents and other injuries.

Studies have shown that some kids' bags are up to 15% of the child's weight. To put into context, if an average adult is 160 pounds that means his or her bag would have 24 pounds worth of stuff in it.

Dr. Barbara Bergin, orthopedic surgeon at Texas Orthopedics, shared tips with FOX7-TV about what parents can do to lighten the load.

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