Obesity is a complex condition that involves an excessive amount of body fat. Being overweight is not just an aesthetic concern. This increases the risk of diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Being extremely obese means you are more likely to have health problems related to your weight.
The good news is that even a moderate weight loss can improve or prevent health problems associated with obesity. Changes in diet, increased physical activity and changes in behaviour can help you lose weight.
Obesity is diagnosed when the body mass index (BMI) is equal to or greater than 30. Your body mass index is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m) squared.
- Below 18.5
- 18.5-24.9 Normal
- 25.0-29.9 overweight
- 30.0-34.9 overweight (Class I)
- 35.0-39.9 overweight (class II)
- Extreme obesity 40.0 and above (Class III)
For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. However, BMI does not directly measure body fat, so some people, such as, for example, muscle athletes may have a BMI in the obesity category, even without excess body fat.
If you think you are overweight, especially if you are concerned about health problems related to weight, consult your doctor. You and your provider can evaluate your health risks and discuss your opportunities to lose weight.
Although body weight is genetically influenced, in behaviour and in hormones, obesity occurs when you consume more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities. Your body stores these excess calories in the form of fat.
Obesity can sometimes be attributed to a medical cause, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome and other diseases and conditions. However, these disorders are rare and, in general, the main causes of obesity are:
Inactivity. If you are not very active, you will not burn so many calories. With a sedentary lifestyle, you can easily absorb more calories per day than you consume through exercise and normal daily activities.
Feeding and unhealthy eating habits. Weight gain is inevitable if you regularly consume more calories than you burn. And the diet of most Americans is too high in calories and filled with fast food and high-calorie beverages.
Obesity usually results from a combination of causes and factors, including:
Genetics Your genes can affect the amount of body fat you store and the location of that fat.
Genetics can also play a role in how efficiently your body transforms food into energy and how your body burns calories during exercise.
Family lifestyle. Obesity usually occurs in families. If one or both parents are obese, the risk of becoming obese increases. It’s not fair because of genetics. Family members tend to share similar patterns of eating and activity.
Inactivity. If you are not very active, you will not burn so many calories. With a sedentary lifestyle, you can easily absorb more calories per day than you burn through exercise and daily activities.
Medical problems, such as arthritis, can lead to a decrease in activity that contributes to weight gain.
Poor food habits A diet rich in calories, without fruits and vegetables, full of fast foods, rich in high-calorie beverages and large portions contributes to weight gain.
Medical problems In some people, obesity can be attributed to a medical cause, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome and other disorders. Medical problems, such as arthritis, can also lead to a decrease in activity, which can lead to weight gain.
Some medications can lead to weight gain if it does not compensate for a diet or physical activity. These medications include some antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs.
Hand mudras are one of the easiest and effective ways of weight loss. Obesity can be easily overcome through the practice of mudras. Here are the list of mudras that are useful and efficient in treating obesity.
Mudras for weight loss
- Vaayan mudrā
- Surya mudrā
- Kapha-nashak mudrā
- Linga mudrā
These mudras are the topmost mudras that will help you to lose weight in a short period.
Mudra For Fatness
- Pitta-kaarak or Kapha-naashak mudrā,
Mudras For Obesity
Mudras For Weightloss
Surya Mudra is helpful to reduce weight
Linga mudra is useful to lose weight.
Linga is the Sanskrit term for phallus(the male genital organ). This mudrā increases bodily heat since it reinforces the fire element and the Pitta humor.
How to do Linga mudra:
Linga mudrā is formed by interlocking the palms but keeping the left thumb erect, pointing upwards.
All this mudra are proven to be very effective in a weight loss program. You may practice all these mudras to lose weight in a short period, or you may choose any one of these mudras according to your body type.
Ayurveda approach towards Obesity and Overweight
In Ayurveda, obesity is known as Medarog, which is caused by the aggravation of Kapha. Kapha is a dense, heavy, slow, sticky, wet and cold ayurvedic mood in nature. It regulates the overall structure and lubrication of the mind and body as well as the control of the weight and formation of the seven tissues: nutrients, blood, fat, muscle, bone, marrow, and reproductive tissues.
In a balanced state, Kapha feeds these tissues through multiple microchannels. However, when things get worse, Kapha leads to the production of toxins in the body. These toxins are dense and heavy and accumulate in the weakest channels of the body, causing their blockage. In the case of an obsessed person, toxins in Medovahi accumulate srotas (fat tubes), leading to an increase in adipose tissue production (Meda Dhatu). When the body produces more fatty tissue, it causes weight gain.
The Ayurvedic treatment line for obesity begins with the pacification of Kapha Dosha. This can be achieved by eliminating foods that aggravate Kapha’s diet. Then, the treatment also focuses on cleaning the Medovahi channels by cleansing herbs to help reduce excess weight.
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