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

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Post Natal Care And Ayurveda


Motherhood is a special and joyous moment in every woman’s life. But this is possible if her health is taken care of during postnatal period. 

The postnatal period or Puerperium is called ‘Sutika kala” and woman is called ‘Sutika’ in Ayurveda. A woman is called ‘Sutika’ only after the placenta is expelled during labour. The duration of ‘Sutikakala’ is usually 1-1/2 month (45 days).

Great emphasis has been laid on post natal care i.e. Sutika Paricharya , as during this period she restores her health and strength. Ayurveda compares the condition of woman after childbirth with that of a pot filled with oil up to brim. If the pot becomes unstable, the oil spills. So, if proper care is not taken during postnatal period , her health deteriorates. 

postnatal care

Importance of Post Natal Care (Sutika Paricharya)

*  To bring the woman’s health status to the pre pregnant state, as due to growth of the baby and the pain & blood loss during delivery, there is weakness & loss of vital elements from the body.

*  To prevent the complaints during Sutika kala such as

       1. UTI
       2. Backache
       3. Loss of appetite
       4. Thirst
       5. Anxiety
       6. Anger
       7. Disturbed sleep
       8. Depression, etc.

Post Natal Care (Sutika Paricharya)

Diet Tips

*  She should be given Ghee (clarified butter) or Til oil (Sesamum) mixed with Panchkola according to her digestive power.

*  After digestion of the above mixture give her rice gruel or milk medicated with panchkola or Vidharigandhadi Gana (i.e mixture of Shatavari,Gokshur,Punarnava,Bala etc.)

*  Along with this give ‘Gudodaka’ or jaggery water for 5-7 days.

*  After 7th  day give her strength giving and easily digestible food e.g. sixty day rice, meat soup of forest dwelling animals, etc.

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