Overeating on Eid can land people in hospitals, say experts

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KARACHI: Health experts on Wednesday said that excessive consumption of red meat during Eidul Azha can land people in a hospital.

The eminent cardiologist at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Dr Hamidullah Malik while talking to PPI said that excessive consumption of meat during Eid days is common in our society, but overeating can increase the risk of heart, liver, diabetes, gastroenteritis and kidney problems.

He said that excessive use of meat is very harmful to people, especially those who have already been suffering from cardiovascular, liver and kidney diseases. He said that eating excessive amounts of meat can also enhance uric acid and cholesterol level, which increases the risk of various diseases.

Dr Malik advised the people to avoid eating an excessive quantity of meat during Eid days and added that people above 40 years of age should avoid eating spicy food.

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad advised that overeating and excessive use of meat during Eid days could cause gastroenteritis and other stomach problems and advised that the citizens must drink plenty of water during and after the holidays, as excessive use of water help the stomach to function better.

Each year, public and private healthcare facilities receive scores of cases of various stomach and other illnesses after Eidul Azha due to high consumption of meat.