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Updated: October 11, 2013 00:25 IST

Fast food spells ‘D’ for Danger

J. S. Ifthekhar
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Dr. Abid Moiz
Dr. Abid Moiz

Fast foods may be a good way to save time, but too often they are high in fat, sugar and calories

It takes more than just a good-looking body. You have got to have the heart and soul to go with it. Garbage in and garbage out it looks a tad difficult.

If research studies are anything to go by, tobacco consumption reduces your life span by 10 years, fast food and soft drinks cuts it short by 13 years.

But who cares when the appetising aroma of chicken 65 and pizza is thick in the air. Willy-nilly, a large number of persons are falling hook, line and sinker to the fast food culture unmindful of its deleterious effect on health.

A book on this subject by Dr. Abid Moiz in Urdu gives us a detailed account of the fast food and soft drinks and their ingredients. It also outlines the steps to be taken to avoid the pitfalls. While Urdu literature has lot of books on fiction and poetry, there aren’t many on health. Dr. Moiz ably fills this gap with his new book, the sixth in the health series.

“A large number of persons, particularly the youth are getting hooked to fast food and soft drinks and they are totally unaware of its harmful effects,” says Dr. Moiz, who had earlier authored books on diabetes, cholesterol, fats, Haj and health.

High on calories

As the name suggests, fast foods may be a good way to save time but too often they are high in fat, sugar and calories. And along with carbonated beverages they spell danger with capital D.

“They provide excess calories and fat but little or no nutritive value to the diet,” explains Dr. Moiz.

Obesity

Besides, one runs the risk of attracting obesity, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart ailments and in some cases weakening of bone muscles. Dr. Moiz’s book catalogues even bakery and confectionary items and party food like kebab, haleem and desserts under the fast food category. Similarly, street food like pav-bhaji, samosa, mirchi, pani-puri, chaat is included in this group. Excessive use of soft drinks adversely impacts teeth and bone-strength, besides leading to overweight.

The great humorist, Mark Twain, cautions people about reading health books. “You may die of a misprint,” is what he said. But with Dr. Moiz, one can rest assured with the care he has taken to gather his facts.

He can be reached on 950-20-44-291.

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