Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Fasting - Yr doin' it wrong

Qatar health experts warn of Ramadan overeating

Qatar nutritionists have warned Ramadan fasters against overeating at night as they revealed appointments for weight loss advice traditionally soar by 50 percent after the holy month.

and, previously,

Qatari hospitals have begun receiving scores of patients suffering severe abdominal pains as a result of overeating during the first night of Ramadan, with an average of up to 15 patients expected to be admitted each night during the holy month.

(source: arabianbusiness.com)


  1. These backward superstitions baffle me.

  2. Bucko, I think you're right; the point at which followers observe the letter rather than the spirit of a religious principle is the point at which it topples over into superstition.

    There's more on the subject of Ramadan today at Rational Islam?.

  3. There was an article in our local Telegraph about how utterly rude it is to ask a woman if she's fasting.

    I read it a couple of times without getting why.

  4. An interesting article, Bucko, not least for this:

    'Asian people (ok, Asian men) are renowned for their stoical code of bad manners.'

    Before anyone thinks about turning me in to the authorities, those are the words of one Umbreen Ali, who is, presumably, allowed to say that sort of thing.