Ayurvedic Remedy For Obesity

                                  Today is Anti Obesity Day

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Obesity or Sthaulya is the most common nutritional disorder in the present era. It has reached epidemic proportions globally with more than 1 billion adults overweight – atleast 300 million of them clinically obese – is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic diseases and disability.

Childhood obesity is also on rise. An estimated 22 million children under five are estimated to be overweight worldwide. The prevalence of obese children aged 6 -11 years is becoming a global problem and increasingly extending into the developing world.

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Sthaulya – In Ayurveda , Sthaulya or obesity is considered as one of eight condemned human constitutions.

Sthaulya according to Ayurveda is – when a person is having excessive and abnormal increase of medodhatu ( fat tissue ) along with mamsadhatu ( muscle tissue ) and results in pendulous appearance of buttocks, belly, breasts and whose increased bulk mass is not equal to a corresponding increase in energy.

Obesity – Excess deposition of adipose tissue in the body is known as obesity. It exists when body weight is 120% above the ideal weight.



Hina Sthaulya (Overweight)

Madhyama Sthaulya (Obesity class 1& 2)

Adhika Sthaulya (Severe or Morbid Obese)

Cause :

Mainly faulty diet and sedantary lifestyle. It can be classified into

1) Ahara 2) Vihara 3) Vichara 4) Bijadosha

1) Ahara ( Diet ) :

* Overeating, increased heavy, cold, sweet, oleogineous food articles.

* Low fiber diet

* Intake of excessive madhur rasa ( sweet ) during pregnancy leads to birth of obese child. (Fats give taste to food ,which stimulates appetite centre and intake of food increases).

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2) Vihara (Routine): Physical inactivity, lack of exercise, sleeping during daytime.

3) Vichara (Mental Status): Either no stress or excessive stress, depression, loneliness. (Ingestion of food has been used to reduce the feeling of emotional deprivation).

4) Bijadosha ( Hereditary )

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Management :

Nidan Parivarjana (Avoidance of causative factors)

Samshodhan Chikitsa (Purificatory measures)

Sanshaman Chikitsa (Palliative measures)

Nidan Parivarjana : The causative factors should be avoided.

Samshodhan Chikitsa:  Lekhan Basti ( enemas ) , Udvartan                                                         ( massage with dry herb powders)

Sanshaman Chikitsa : It includes Diet, Physical activity &                                                        Herbs.

Diet :

Cereals & Pulses: Rice , oats , barley , green gram ,bengal gram, horse gram, red lentil , kidney beans , pigeon pea .

Vegetables & Fruits: Sponge gourd , horse radish, brinjal , cucumber ,   ginger , radish , carrot , jamun ( java plum ) , bilva  ( stone apple ) , three myrobalans (amalaki , haritaki , bibheetaka ) , kapith ( wood apple) , cardamom , black pepper , long pepper , citrus fruits.

Fluids : Warm water , buttermilk , sesamum oil , mustard oil , honey .

These should be included in diet.

Physical Activity :

Physical activity should be increased. Research shows that exercise for 10 – 15 minutes at a stretch for 4 – 5 times a day is beneficial than doing exercise for 30 -40 minutes at a stretch. Optimum time to prevent obesity is during age 5 – 10 years.


Yoga is beneficial in controlling obesity. Nadi shodhan pranayam , meditation and asanas mainly surya namaskar (Sun Salutations), paschimottanasana (Posterior Stretch Posture), suptapavanmuktasana (Lying wind release Posture ), bhujangasana (Cobra Posture), katichakrasana (Lumbar – Wheel Posture) etc help one’s body and mind to stick to the conviction and to work with firm determination.

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The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Childhood obesity affects both developed and developing countries of all socio-economic groups , irrespective of age , sex or ethnicity . It has been estimated that worldwide over 22 million children under the age of 5 are obese , and one in 10 children is overweight .

A wide range of prevalence levels exist , with the prevalence of overweight in Africa and Asia averaging well below 10 per cent and in the  Americas and Europe above 20 per cent .

 Indian data regarding current trends in childhood obesity are emerging. A recent study conducted among 24,000 school children in south India showed that the proportion of overweight children increased from 4.94 per cent of the total students in 2003 to 6.57 per cent in 2005 demonstrating the time trend of this rapidly growing epidemic .

 Socio – economic trends in childhood obesity in India are also emerging . A study from northern India reported a childhood obesity prevalence of 5.59 per cent in the higher socio – economic strata when compared to 0.42 per cent in the lower socio-economic strata .

.childhood-obesity-epidemic-infographicSource : http://rossieronline.usc.edu/national-school-lunch-week-2011-infographic/

obesity in children and adolescents – http://icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2010/november/1117.pdf