Not so sweet customs: While the prevalence of diabetes is high in Pakistan, we continue to consume sugar in large quantities. Our sense of celebration is directly linked to the customary distribution of sweets among the loved ones. When we visit someone’s place, customs demand we take cakes as well. Fruits are only applicable when one is visiting someone in bad health; either in hospital or at home. This excessive consumption of sugar by the wealthy is responsible, among other things, for the high prices of sugar. This needs to stop.

Shakir Lakhani


February 28, 2024