Karachiites , Eating habits

There use to be a time when we would get a call by a friend or relative informing us about bad health once or twice in a month. These days it seems Karachiites, due to the mushroomed restaurants all over Karachi, mostly at developed places, are fast becoming ill or facing health issues. One reason being the fast food culture. Not only that we have more people visiting clinics, taking office leave, canceling a meeting or gathering etc. Karachiites understandably live in a fast pace environment. People complain to each other for not visiting them too often for the said reason. One of the important reasons for this is their eating habits. Few years back, eating outside home, except functions, parties, marriage ceremony etc. use to be a NOT A GOOD THING. We would get a lecture if we do that. Now it seems most parents are less questioning their children over it.

( Note : Takeaway/ Home delivery will be considered as outside home)

Interestingly, the health awareness has increased considerably thanks to media & education but why are the results alarming. If we look around ourselves among our friends, family members & colleagues we shall see that visiting a doctor has become a routine thing (not the routine check up, that’s a good thing) due to health issues. And whatever good that was there has been done by ever increasing pollution & contaminated water. There is not much we can do about that but one big reason many of us ignore is our eating habits. Fast food is playing a more role along with our eating outside. Although eating at home too doesn’t guarantee our health. What are Karachiites eating habits:-

11 Comments so far

  1. Worried (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    though falling ill is highly related with eating but i strongly believe its Pollution which is causing long term diseases, plus Physical actvities is also a major factor, 3 or 4 years ago children has too much of physical activiites , now its virtually extinct after Internet explosion

  2. Arsalaam Haleem (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    One of the major factors that have caused this ‘eating out’ explosion is the increase of disposable income within families. Now with as many as 3-4 people working and earning a decent amount in a normal household, that people are cheerishing this activity, which once was an occasional habit.

  3. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 11:59 am

    continuing Arsalaam:

    OR they don’t have any other opportunities to dispose that extra income, lack of recreational activities.

  4. Cy (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    MB: You should have a takeaway/home delivery option – it’s exercised quite a bit by quite a few.

  5. MB (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    CY, Thanks for that but I remembered it well. It’s included in that outside home category. But separate option would be more suitable I guess. You are damn right. I will put a note. Thanks again.

  6. ali (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    Guys .. not a word abt Kara FIlm Festival…its in our town but not a word at blog!

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

    I dont have the option to eat at home nowadays.. so its always outside food for me. I usually try 2 skip either lunch or dinner, but till now it isnt happening… :S

  8. Mariam (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    Few years ago most people avoided the outside food for hygenic reasons. Is city changed in that sense or just got used to it :D?

  9. wasiq (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 7:47 am

    we are winning this rat-race……here’s a twenty pounder…..la la la la…

  10. MB (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 9:46 am

    Alright everyone here is the result. The selections show a trend that is fast moving on to “Eating Outside Home” scenario. And here is why:

    If we divide the results into two groups:

    (1) Karachiites eating at Home

    (2) Karachiites not eating at home.

    Till this comment was posted there were total 45 votes in following order:

    1. I eat at home only/mostly with few exceptions. 18

    2. I eat at home & outside, almost equally. 17

    3. I use to eat at home normally/mostly now I eat outside normally/mostly. 5

    4. I seldom eat at home, I eat outside usually (mostly). 3

    5. My eating habits are abnormal. Also I skip eating for different reasons. Can’t participate. 2

    We shall see that (1) has got 26.5 votes (18+8.5) while (2) has got 18.5 votes (17+5+3+2), dividing the other ones into these two appropriately. This means 41.2 percent eat outside which is a very high ratio & a disturbing trend, in the context of increasing health issues. Moreover these figures don’t (read absolutely not) show Karachiites complete picture but even this one suggest the trend is in wrong direction. Given the fact that almost all at KMB belong to the educated lot.

    Note also that if we consider two opposite group’s i.e. one eating outside only and other eating home only we shall see that the ratio is very high.

    People eating outside only / People eating at home only are 5 / 18

    or 28/ 100 in percentage terms, which is again a very high ratio.

  11. NAVED (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm


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