Good Deed: #164 Eat moderately

20:81 (Y. Ali) (Saying): “Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein, lest My Wrath should justly descend on you: and those on whom descends My Wrath do perish indeed!

On the authority of Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.” Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah

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Regretfully, many present day societies have great imbalance in their food intake. Physicians lament the chaotic eating habits, in both kind and quantity, which many people have adopted. Indeed, excess and eating to the point of becoming bloated has become a pleasure sought by many. Fast foods with high fat contents are a common sight in this day and age. Ultimately, this is another by-product of the Western way of life.

As is now well known, overeating can be injurious to health for the following reasons:

1) Excessive consumption of fats and carbohydrates can result in an increase in cholesterol – itself a type of fat – in the blood. The cholesterol coats the inner walls of the blood vessels resulting in an increased occurrence of heart disease. This is supported by dozens of scientific studies related to this topic and has led to a common consensus among physicians today.

2) Excessive consumption of food leads to obesity, itself a dangerous disease and worthy of its own discussion. For this article, it suffices to say that some of (the consequences of) obesity include increased blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and heart disease.

3) Overeating is also a major cause of dyspepsia, indigestion, heartburn and gastro-esophageal reflux.

4) In some cases overeating can lead to diabetes. Recent studies conducted in China and elsewhere have shown that moderation in dietary habits can reduce the risk of diabetes in those with a genetic predisposition to the disease. For this reason, numerous international health organizations have begun long-term programs to combat diabetes before it strikes, emphasizing among other things, moderation and organization of dietary habits.

5) Every individual has a personal need for food. If this threshold is exceeded then the excess fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals become a burden upon the body. It will usually respond by either expelling this excess from the body through the kidneys, lungs or skin, or by storing it in the body in the form of fat. In both cases, the individual will not have benefited from what was eaten.

source: Eating and drinking in moderation

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