Do you live to eat or eat to live? The answer to this question defines whether you are overeating or maintaining health by eating requisite foods.
There are many people who say we are here to earn and eat. They earn intending to eat as much as possible without worrying about the consequences of eating beyond the need. However, they regret their unconsciousness of health when they afflict with unhealthy life.
People have a misconception that eating more leads to good health. However, the actual case is contrary to this belief. It is seen that overeating leads to many diseases. Moreover, the habit of overeating also reduces the lifespan too.
A report that came to the public in 2012 proved that more people are dying of overeating than malnutrition. TheTelegraph reported that according to a special edition of The Lancet report eating too much is now a more serious risk to the health of populations than eating poorly.
Dr Majid Ezzati, chair of global environmental health at Imperial College London, and one of the lead authors of the report said, “We have gone from a world 20 years ago where people weren’t getting enough to eat to a world now where too much food and unhealthy food – even in developing countries – is making us sick.”
The report also stated that people are spending more of their later years in poor health, due largely to increases in diseases linked to obesity, including type II diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
If overeating is more fatal than malnutrition then there must be the solution for the same. I did a bit of digging around and found that being full is actually hazardous to health, let alone the overeating. I also found the solution for the same too.
Nutritionists suggest using a small plate to serve food that will help us to eat less. If we use big plates then we serve more food. It is a human tendency.
They also suggest that we should not eat multiple foods at a time. When we have many choices, we tend to put all, or most, of them on our plate. We try a little bit of many things and then go for second helpings of the ones we liked most. In this way, we eat more than enough without knowing.
Islam resonates the same as nutritionists feel for healthy life.
Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “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-Tirmidhee, An-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Maajah – hadeeth saheeh.)
We must eat to satisfy our hunger but not until we feel heavy. The above hadith suggests that we should fill our stomach one third with food and leave the remaining space for water and air.
Remember the story of Adam (Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him) who was asked not to eat the fruit of a tree in the paradise. This was his test. Likewise, it is a test for all of us to control our lust for food, so that our desires do not take control of our lives and drag us to a life full of diseases.