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Given that Pakistanis are known for their healthy appetites and mouth-watering and extremely fattening culinary delights, I was not surprised that Pakistan was cited as the ninth most obese country in the world, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study, published earlier this year in The Lancet medical journal.
A few of my ‘slightly overweight’ (read: obese) patients have made it a habit to ask for dieting advice prior to Ramazan. As one of my patients Samina, an overweight foodie who has been on a diet for five years, puts it, “It helps me detoxify both spiritually and physically, and lose some weight as well. So you see it’s a double whammy!” Continue reading