President of the Nigeria Vegetarian Society, Mr. Emmanuel Eyoh, has called on people to reduce their meat intake to avert the incidence of heart diseases, stroke and diabetes.
Eyoh made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos against the backdrop of a campaign against eating too much meat products. The campaign is tagged, `Meatless Mondays’.
According to him, it is a campaign aimed at encouraging people not to eat meat on Mondays, especially when they have consumed lots of junk and fatty foods over the weekend. “People should not eat meat, at least once in a week, in order to improve their health.
“Going meatless one day in a week is a great start to better eating habits and also reduce the incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes,’’ he said. The president said obesity and diabetes were becoming an epidemic in Nigeria, especially among the younger adults.
He said there was need for more enlightenment programmes to educate people on how to go about reducing their meat intake. “All hands should be on deck to ensure that more people are educated about the dangers associated with eating a lot of meat.
“Health workers, social workers, hotels and restaurants, schools and government at all levels should promote healthy eating habits in our society, including reducing meat intake,’’ he said. Eyoh said eating more plant-based foods, including beans, legumes and fruits were ideal ways of maintaining one’s health.
April 17, 2015 @ 11:10 am