Weight Management in Ayurveda

Weight Management – Definition of obesity varies depending on the perspective of the person. Overweight and obesity indicate a situation where a person’s weight is greater than his body’s healthy weight. It is a chronic condition defined by build up of an excess amount of body fat. A certain degree of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation shock absorption, providing lubrication to joints and other functions.

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Introduction:

Definition of obesity varies depending on the perspective of the person. Overweight and obesity indicate a situation where a person’s weight is greater than his body’s healthy weight. It is a chronic condition defined by a build-up of an excessive amount of body fat. A certain degree of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation shock absorption, providing lubrication to joints, and other functions. Being one of the biggest concerns in all the age groups today. Overweight decreases health, from reproductive and respiratory function to memory and mood. Today every 4 people out of 10 people are suffering from obesity or overweight problems.

Causes of Obesity:

The most common causes of Obesity are mentioned below:

  • Unhealthy Dietary Habits.
  • Excess intake of Alcohol.
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Hormonal or genetic problem
  • Certain Medications
  • Higher intake of sugary foods
  • Weak immune system & metabolism
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress

Complications:

An obese or overweight person is at a higher risk of developing severe health conditions mentioned below.

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gallstones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infertility or irregular periods

Ayurveda describes obesity as Medha rog. The overweight problem can be due to an actual increase in the fat component (Meda Dhatu), or malfunctioning can cause it. According to Ayurveda, the human body is made up of seven dhatus Rasa, Rakta, Maans, Medha, Asthi, Majja, and Shukra.

People who are obese or overweight have excessively nourished Medha, and the remaining dhatus get malnourished, Kapha gets accumulated in between resulting in metabolism getting hampers and causing obesity.

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