Jane had started a weight-reduction diet in the second quarter of 2017, after she received complements that could have been given to a married woman.

"How are your kids?"; a man she barely knew asked her.

She had thought to herself the question was not for her, but looking around, she could not see another woman there.

“I am not married and I have no child yet,” she manged to respond, but the question became a torment to her days and weeks after.

She had returned home with the resolution that she must lose 30kg. She already weighed in at 82kg, even when a Body Max Index calculation showed her maximum weight should be 57kg.

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Jane had cut intake of carbohydrate other sugary substances and her weight was coming down gradually.

After checking her weight few days into the New Year, she had thought there was something wrong with the weighing machine. 

The last week of December is usually a period of merriment and then the New Year’s celebration follows.

Many people, carried away by the celebrations, throw caution to the wind and begin to eat whatever they can find.

Nutritionists say this period of the year is characterised by excess seasoning and ingredients in foods that could make people gain weight.

Three common health issues that could result from uncontrolled eating pattern in the Christmas and New Year period are.

1.      Weight gain challenges
The increase in fatty food, meat and carbohydrate will result in weight gain which could become a challenge for the individual.

2.     Increase in Blood Sugar level for diabetics
This could occur due to excessive intake of sweetened drinks and other substances that degenerate to sugar in the human body.

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3.     Impact on immune system 
The body finds it difficult to absorb all that it is fed, and the excess becomes toxic to the system, weakening the immune system. 

A medical officer with Graceland Medical Centre, Dr. Chijindu Nkuche, highlighted that at festive periods people eat junk, expired or frozen stuff that could dump free radicals in the system and hamper the immune cells.

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