Doctors warn against over-eating during Eid

Barbecues, delicious meat dishes...extended eating sessions. Eid Al Adha is a time when people tend to relish meat delicacies. However, medical experts caution that residents must watch out for their health and avoid 'over-eating'.

Doctors warn against over-eating during Eid

It's important to have a balanced and moderate diet and limit consumption of high-fat food during festivities in order to avoid stomach upsets, which at times require medical intervention.

Medical experts have also advised people to make sure that the meat they are eating is well-cooked. They should also drink lots of fluids, mainly water, especially when enjoying outdoor Eid parties during the day time so as to avoid dehydration.

Dr Max Mudrik, deputy chairman of the Emergency Unit at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, advised people not to consume meat in big quantities.

"We cannot exactly pinpoint which type of food causes indigestion. But what we can pinpoint is that taking food in big quantities, specially fatty food like grilled meat, causes stomach upsets," he said. "During Eid time, people should consume lots of fluids to avert dehydration," he noted.

On the steps to follow if a stomach pain occurred, Dr Mudrik said people could take antacid tablets, stop eating and go for a mild exercise, preferably walking.

However, he said, in case patients had a chronic disease or other serious disease, a medical consultation is a must. "For those with any sort of chronic disease or cardiac problem, it's always better to see a doctor. We are more concerned about old people. They should be more cautious," said Dr Mudrik.

Dr Raza Shakeer, another emergency doctor, said people should avoid excessive consumption of fatty diets during Eid days.

"It's not healthy to have meat three times a day. Moreover, meat must be well cooked or grilled," said Dr Shakeer, while cautioning that in the event of severe and non-subsiding pain, patients must seek medical consultation.


Indigestion is just another name for upset stomach. It's also called Dyspepsia. Indigestion usually occurs when people eat too much, too fast. It causes heartburn, a burning feeling from a person's chest up to the neck and throat. With heartburn, stomach acid splashes up and irritates the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Also called acid indigestion, this usually leaves a sour or bitter taste in the person's mouth.
Indigestion and heartburn are common problems for both children and grown-ups. Don't take any medicine for indigestion unless advised by the doctor. Most of the medicines advertised on TV are meant for adults, not kids.

Stress, lack of sleep and smoking can make indigestion worse.
Digestive problems such as ulcers, can cause the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn too. But they're not common in children.
In addition to heartburn, if you have indigestion, you'll probably have one or more of the following symptoms — pain or burning in your upper belly, usually in the middle; nausea (feeling sick to your stomach); bloating (that too-full feeling where your stomach sticks out); burping that you have a hard time controlling.


Some people can eat anything and yet never get upset stomachs. But other people are more sensitive to food and they might find certain ones especially problematic. If you discover one of these foods, it's best not to eat a lot of them. Here are some other tips to prevent indigestion:

As much as possible, avoid fatty, greasy foods, like fries and burgers.
Avoid too much of chocolates.
Eat slowly.
Don't smoke, or don't start smoking.
Find ways to relax and reduce stress.
Give your body a chance to digest food. Don't eat a huge meal and immediately go to sports practice.
Try to eat at least an hour beforehand, or eat afterward.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Aralık 2007, 09:53