Ayurvedic Treatment for Obesity


In simple terms, obesity is being more than one-fifth overweight as compared to the normal weight range. Obesity can be defined as excessive enlargement of body's total quantity of fat. There is no biologic reason for men and women to get fatter as they grow older. Therefore the standard for overfatness for adult men and women should probably be established as men above 20% and women above 30% body fat. The location of adipose (fatty) tissue in the body should also be considered', fat distributed in the abdominal region poses a greater health risk compared to fat deposited at the thigh and buttocks. The weight charts for men and women according to their heights (BMI) are only rough indications of the state of over weight or obesity. It is a most common nutritional disorder in affluent societies. Luxurious, inactive and sedentary life style of today made a great increase in no. of person.


Commonly Accepted Obesity Categories
% Above Ideal Weight Diagosis
10-20 Overweight
20-30 Mild Obesity
30-50 Moderate Obesity
50-100 Severe Obesity
100+ Morbid Obesity

Ayurveda's Approach to Obesity In ayurvedic text, 'Charakacharya' has described eight 'nindya prakruties' (undesirable constitution) according to the body constitution. Among them he has also mentioned obesity. Obesity is described as 'Medoroga' in Ayurved. It is said that it is comparatively easy to help an underweight person, rather than an overweight person. The overweight problem can be due to an actual increase in the fat component (Meda Dhatu), or it can be due to malfunctioning. These, accordingly, will need different approaches. In very few cases it can be an offshoot of other metabolic disorders. Body is made of 7- Dhatus {Rasa (Lymph), Rakta (Blood), Maans (Muscle), Meda( Fat), Asthi (Bones), Majja (Nervous System) Shukra (Reproductive System)}. But in Obese fellow Meda is excessively nourished and remaining other Dhatus get malnourished. Kapha gets accumulated in between. When Kapha increases in abnormal fashion, Fat metabolism gets hampered and person becomes Obese. Roll of medicines with dietary correction is to remove obstructed Kapha and let all Dhatus nourish equally. It is not only the quantity of food that is important, but also the type of food one eats. It is not always necessary to go on a restricted diet, but qualitative changes and food habits can bring remarkable changes.

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