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Because the fulcrum where the vast majority of the weight (load) is resting is in the lower back area, by leaning forward the overall centre of gravity of the individual (the person + load) is thereby centred, resulting in less strain on the lower back. In addition, if standing up straight the person becomes 'back heavy' making it harder and slower to walk.

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Q: Why does a person lean forward when carrying a heavy backpack?
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