Nigerian youths spend too much time watching television (TV), according a new report – the “2013 Nigerian Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth” which focuses on physical activity as a major determinant of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Modelled after the Canadian Report, the Nigerian Report Card showed that 90.9 percent of Nigerian children and youth in the urban and rural areas spend over three hours on screen time daily. Television viewing is 90.7 percent.
Presenting the Report to the media in Lagos, recently, Executive Director, the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF), Dr. Kingsley Akinroye, said consequences of the impact would be that many Nigerians will be at risk of NCDs, due to decreased physical activity, unhealthy dietary patterns and increased tobacco use among others.
Akinroye observed that NCDs are becoming increasingly significant causes of disability and premature death in developing countries like Nigeria and called for research on the evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian policy on sports and youth development at all tiers of government.
Decrying lack of implementation of existing government policy on sporting activities in Nigerian schools, the Report recommended a policy of inculcating physical and health education activities in every school curriculum as a good way of teaching healthy living habits that would be carried into adulthood thereby preventing obesity and its consequences. (NAN)