Fasters could be consuming an incredible 4,000 calories per iftar!
Dr Rita Tobias, an endocrinologist at the Dubai-based Weight Care Clinic, said: “People who are not bothered about watching their diet can easily take in up to 3,000 to 4,000 calories after they break their fast.
“In my clinic, where the purpose of them coming is to control their diabetes and their weight, a third of patients choose not even to come before Ramadan.”
Speaking at a meeting of medics at Dubai Healthcare City, Dr Tobias said she felt the Holy Month was becoming increasingly commercialised, with lavish iftars and suhours tempting diners to overindulge.
Dr Zuhair Yousif, a cardiologist at Mediclinic City Hospital, said: “If you are attending a tent for 30 days and eating excessive carbohydrates and saturated fats, you are probably going to have doubled your bad cholesterol by the end of Ramadan.”
The recommended average daily calorie intake is about 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.