Ramadan Overeating Sends Qataris To The Hospital
Dozens of Qataris have been hospitalized after overeating during the first night of Ramadan. Though Ramadan is about self-discipline and control, and includes refraining from all food and liquids during the daylight hours, some are using it as a chance to over-indulge at the nightly iftars when Muslims break the fast.
Overeating to the point of nausea is shockingly prevalent, with hospitals expecting an average of fifteen patients to be admitted each night of the month-long fast.
The symptoms are horrific, as a medical staff member at Al Ahli Hospital told Arabian Business, “They generally start arriving at the emergency room around 8-8:30pm in severe gastric pain and with repeated vomiting.” Treatment consists of intravenous injections of a cocktail of painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and emetics.
Other Ramadan-related ailments include gastroenteritis from improperly stored food, renal colic from dehydration and hot weather, and gastritis — but overeating remains the most avoidable problem.