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Obesity can be best described as the most common nutritional disorder especially in the affluent group of people. But it is now getting fairly common in not-so affluent people also. It is a condition in which excessive accumulation of fat takes place in the body due to intake of food in excess of physiological requirements.
Therefore, over-nutrition is as much malnutrition as under-nutrition is.
An excess of 50 calories per day can increase about 25 Kilograms (Kgs) in a period of ten years.
Weight bears the relationship with age, sex and bone structure. Obesity or over-weight has been classified into three types as follows, depending upon the excess in normal weight.
Mildly obese: 10-15%
Moderately obese: 10-20%
Very obese: 20% and above.
CAUSES OF OBESITY:
Obesity is generally caused by two factors:
Exogenous – Overeating or intake of excessive calories compared to physical work or exercise
Endogenous — Due to inherent metabolic disturbance of the body. [click to tweet]
Bad eating habits are also the factors contributing to obesity. Obesity is rarely seen amongst active persons and it is more common in those with sedentary habits. Obesity can occur both in male and female at any age.
ADVERSE EFFECTS OF OBESITY:
Obesity reduces the life expectancy.
Obesity may result in the following medical conditions:
Osteoarthritis of Knee, Hips and Lumber Spine.
Due to poor reflexes, liable to fall down on slippery floors.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): It leads to greater wear and tear of the entire vascular system and consequently it doubles the risk of cardio-vascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. It may also cause damage to kidneys.
Metabolic disorders such as :
Cholesterol in Arteries.
Stone in Gall Bladder.
HOW TO REDUCE THE WEIGHT (OBESITY)
It is estimated that an active person will burn about 12-13 calories a day per pound of body weight. Therefore, a person having weight 140 pounds will need roughly 1700-1800 calories a day to maintain that weight, and less to reduce it. This can be used as a guideline for planning weight loss programme, by reducing calorie intake.
It is already stated that obesity is caused by intake of excess calorie and furthermore the lack of physical work or exercise is also one of the contributory factors. Thus, reducing weight means one has to reduce calorie intake by reducing his high-calorie diet. It may therefore be suggested to an obese adult to stick to his daily diet providing 1300 KiloCalorie (Kcal) which may help in reducing about 0.5 – 1 Kg a week.
A balanced Diet
A balanced diet contains an adequate amounts of Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals. Once the body weight comes to the standard level according to the height, the weight maintenance diets (adequate in Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals) should be taken to keep weight constant i. e. between 1700-1800 kcal. Therefore, daily diet should contain balanced amount of cereals, pulses, green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, roots, fruits, milk, fats and oils, sugar and jaggery, and groundnut.
You may not eat or drink the following :
Cakes, Pan Cakes, Cookies, Doughnuts, Pastries, Pies.
Candy, Chocolates, Nuts.
French Fried Potatoes, Potato Chips.
Pizza, Snack Foods.
Gelatin Desserts, Puddings (Sugar-Sweetened).
Gravies and Sauces.
Jams, Jellies, Sugar and Syrup.
Ice Cream, Ices, Ice Milk, Sherbets.
Cut down on salt and sugar.
Eat from a small plate.
Do not skip meals – else being hungry you will overeat at the next meal.
Do not eat while you are out of home
Do not be tempted by prohibited foods. Keep tempting foods out of sight.
Do not eat while reading, watching TV, Video or games, etc.
Control your urge to eat excessive.
Eat little at dinner.
Eat in the same place invariably.
Chew your food completely, never gulp it.
Do not eat between meals except raw carrots.
Drink 7-10 glasses of water a day.
Walk after night meal.
Be vegetarian to lose weight.
Use skimmed milk instead of full fat milk.
Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol
Set a long term weight loss goal.
Buy a reliable scale to weight yourself and a kitchen scale to weight your food.
Weigh yourself quite often.
When you are angry, drink water.
Walk and exercise daily in the morning.
Shop only after eating.
1. AMMONIUM CARB
2. AMMONIUM MUR.
3. ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM.
Children and young person with tendency to grow fat with coated moist white tongue. The subject needing this remedy may belch a great deal, and the eructations may taste of the ingesta. Bloating after eating. < By heat is a marked characteristic. The symptoms are < in the heat of the Sun. Nails discoloured and deformed. Corns and callous excrescences on the feet. Alternate diarrhœa and constipation especially in aged persons.
4. AURUM METALLICUM.
Fat patients with Arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure. With fatty degeneration of heart. Patients with melancholy, hopelessness, profound depression, tendency to suicide and longing for death. Pain in heart region extending down left arm to fingers. Chilliness predominates ; coldness of hands and feet, sometimes lasting all night.
5. CALCAREA CARBONICA.
This is the main remedy for reducing obesity. The characteristic symptom is sweating on the forehead which wets the pillow when sleeping. It should be given in 200 potency with weekly repetition. This can be prescribed to obese children also. The patient’s hand is soft, warm, and moist ; a boneless hand with clammy feet. Great sensitiveness to cold, damp air. Dread of bathing and water. Great weakness on ascending, on walking and talking.
6. CALOTROPIS GIGANTEA.
10. FERRUM METALLICUM.
Obesity with anæmia, face puffy with pitting of flesh. This remedy is recommended to children also. Delicate girls, fearfully constipated, with low spirits. The pulse of the patient is full and yielding. < From eating eggs. This remedy should be given carefully in hæmorrhagic phthisis, as it may aggravate. Rheumatic symptoms, especially of left shoulder and deltoid.
< In cold weather, and > in warm air. Great lassitude and general weakness. Great need to lie down.
11. FUCUS VESICULOSUS.
It is given when Calcarea Carbonica fails. It should be given in drop doses of mother tincture. It is very effective in cases of indigestion, obstinate constipation and flatulence. It is suitable to people with enlarged thyroid glands. Goitre has been cured with it.
13. KALI BICHROMICUM.
It is especially suited to fair-haired, fat persons, especially fat, chubby children ; fat, sluggish people. Gastric symptoms supersede rheumatic symptoms. Liability to take cold in the open air. Great debility, with desire to lie down.
14. KALI CARBONICUM.
15. PHYTOLACCA BERRY.
One of the effective weight and corpulence reducing remedies.
In excessive obesity, it acts better in pale patients rather than those of high colour. This remedy is a powerful diuretic and is very useful in myx-odema and various types of edema.
HOW I WIN OVER OBESITY?
As a matter of fact, I was also one of the victims of obesity. Control over diets, doing daily light exercise and taking of Homœopathic Medicines greatly helped me to win over this problem. A few years ago, my weight was 84 Kgs with an height of 5 feet 6 inches and consequently I was obese and over-weight and presently my weight is about 64 Kgs and fit and fine.
Self-treatment based on any information given in this article is not intended to be taken as a replacement for medical advice by a homeopath physician in person.
Summer is here and folk want to lose weight and want to know if homeopathy will help. The short answer is YES! – the long answer is that the consult will reveal where the problems lies – thyroid, diet, stress, inflammation, insulin etc and the treatment I offer is tailored to help the underlying causes and also change lifestyle so that weightloss is accompanied with general wellness.
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