Lagos- An Orthopaedic Consultant, Dr Babalola Olatunji, on Monday advised parents to encourage their children to engage in physical exercise for proper mental and physical development.
“Sporting activity is very important in a child; the child needs to develop a team spirit; ability to work together with a team; ability to even accept defeat.
“These are things that a growing child, who participates in sporting activities develops.
“Now we know that most of our children are growing from underfeeding to obesity and over-feeding.
“We need to have this child exercised adequately so that they don’t develop overweight; so that they have optimal weight.
“Look at the great sportsmen this country has produced– the Okochas; the Kanus– most of them must have started sporting activities while they were still growing.
“If they had been deprived of such opportunity, some of them may not be the stars Nigeria is celebrating today.