A public health physician, Dr. Olaposi Olatoregun has advised the Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, who recently surpassed the current World Record holder for longest cooking to take adequate rest after the contest.
The medical expert, while noting that prolonged standing can cause muscle strain, leg cramps, and physical distress, also said that the chef should engage in regular checkups to prevent future health challenges.
Baci had on Thursday embarked on a marathon cooking to break the Guinness World Record for the “longest cooking marathon by an individual”.
The sociology graduate from Madonna University, Okija, on Monday, broke the record after superseding the current world record holder, Lata Tondon, an Indian chef who achieved the feat in 2019 with 87 hours, 45 minutes record uninterrupted cooking.
Baci’s cooking marathon was held at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos State and ended on Monday evening after she set a new record of 100 hours.
The 100-hour marathon cooking record time, which featured over 250 recipes, was live-streamed on multiple social media channels with support from top personalities that include the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, singer Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, and a host of others.
Hilda Baci’s feat is yet to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records because official enquiries are still ongoing.
Reacting to the prolonged standing during the cooking by the chef, the public health expert, Dr. Olatoregun, told PUNCH Healthwise that sleep deprivation can negatively affect cognitive function, mood, and overall well-being.
He also noted that sleep deprivation can also impair concentration.
“Standing for long hours and engaging in continuous physical activity can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. Prolonged standing can cause muscle strain, leg cramps, and overall physical distress.
“A cooking marathon would likely involve minimal sleep or even no sleep at all. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect cognitive function, mood, and overall well-being. It can impair concentration.
“After the contest, she will need adequate rest, hydration and regular health checks.
“While the number of hours people should spend in the kitchen varies based on their health, it is advisable to take regular breaks while cooking.”
Dr. Olatoregun advised anyone planning to embark on the same journey with Baci, to stay hydrated, sleep properly before starting, and undergo medical check-ups to ascertain their health status.
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