Obesity can be defined as a medical condition where fat accumulates in the body resulting in increased volume of adipose tissue especially in the thighs, abdomen and chest, gradually causing decreased body vitality and deteriorated health.
It is a common metabolic disorder found in Europe, USA, and in developing countries such as India and is one of the oldest documented diseases as well. People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI) is over 30; the range 25–30 is defined as overweight.
Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases and conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis, and depression.
Eating more calories than you burn in daily activity and exercise — on a long-term basis — can lead to obesity. But it's not always just about calories in and calories out, or having a sedentary lifestyle. Some other causes are:
- Aging .
- Certain health conditions such as PCOS and hypothyroidism.
- Medications, such as steroids or birth control pills.
Ayurveda describes obesity as sthoulya which is the main result of incorrect lifestyle and diet choices or habits. Absence of physical activity, daytime sleep, high intake of food, especially kapha increasing foods such as those rich in fat, and sweet, salty or oily foods are some of those habits which definitely could lead to obesity.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, the cause of weight gain is cyclical.
According to Ayurveda, as with any other disease, obesity begins with the intake of incorrect food or the development of improper dietary habits and lifestyle that result in problems with the digestive fire, which in turn increases Ama (bio-toxins). Increased ama disturbs metabolic processes to form more fatty tissue (meda dhatu agni) and blocks the formation of the furthermost tissues such as ashti (bones). The poorly formed tissue layers increase unwanted meda dhatu (fats) and cause disturbances in the functions of Kapha.
On the other hand, when ama blocks the channels of all body tissues, this creates imbalance in vata. Vata keeps stimulating the central digestive fire (jatharagni), which causes an increase in appetite so the person eats more and more. However, due to meda dhavagni mandya (weak fat metabolism), improper or abnormal meda dhatu is formed, which causes obesity.
In Ayurveda, obesity is treated not only for weight loss or loss of centimetres, but also in terms of adjusting metabolic processes by reducing ama (biotoxins) and the excess fat to regulate the function of kapha without vitiating vata. To correct metabolism as well as strengthen the digestive and tissue fire and clear body canals, it is important to improve dietary habits and reduce the impact of stress.
Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital helps you achieve this through personalised treatments that are recommended based on your body constitution, simple exercises or yoga and customised ayurvedic diet which assist you in your journey to weight reduction. We also solve your underlying health issues with the help of specific drugs and drug combinations and prevent further recurrence, thereby ensuring better quality of life.