Heavy Handbags Might Be a Health Hazard

Woman and children have to be careful when it comes to carrying heavy handbags and backpacks, respectively.

    Jane Sadler, Baylor Medical Center

   "I see so many women with neck pains and headaches and what 
    I usually do is look for their purse and pick it up." 

   "We take it over to the scale and weigh it and usually they're 
    anywhere from 7 to 10 pounds (3.1-4.5 kgs)...We're really going 
    to see women with more and more problems later on if we continue 
    the big purse craze."

From women with heavy bags to children with backpacks...

Medical professionals say children should "carry no more than 10-15 percent of their body weight in backpacks."

Exercises
  1. The average weight of a woman's handbag is _________ pounds.

  2. 1 pound equals _______ kg.

  3. A child weighing 80 pounds should not carry a backpack that weighs more than _________ pounds.


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 17 January 2007

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