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How Does Obesity Affect the Body?

How does obesity affect the body?

In this looks-obsessed society, many people think that overweight is an appearance issue. Being overweight is actually a medical concern as it can affect the health of a person. It can cause diabetes and hypertension and also affect the joints, sleep, energy and mood.

As per the Ayurveda aspect:

In Ayurveda, it has been clearly mentioned that the basic 7 seven elements that govern the body are called as dhatus. Out of these seven dhatus, one dhatu is meda (fat). The excessive accumulation of meda in the body channels leads to obesity.

Obesity Treatment in Ayurveda

How overweight can be defined?

Obesity is a chronic and serious disease that has effects on body systems. Being overweight increases the risk of developing some serious conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and joints, and bones related disorders, etc. In some of cases, it may also lead to disability or early death.

When there is too much fat accumulation in the body, it causes various disorders in the body.

Obesity is epidemic and it can affect the kids, teens as well as the adults.

What are the causes of being overweight or obesity?

Obesity tends to be caused due to genetic factors. Most people have a genetic tendency to gain weight more easily. Genes influence the body’s type and size. Chances increased to 25% if one or both the parents are obese. Several environmental factors also play an important role in it.

Most of the people are gaining too much weight or becoming overweight because of the unhealthy food (like eating fast foods and preserved foods) and family habits (eating meals in front of the TV instead of sitting on the dining table). Overeating in combination with a sedentary lifestyle also leads to obesity. Consumption of foods that contain high calories, low nutrients, beverages, and less activity contributes to the obesity epidemic.

Metabolic factors also play an important role in determining weight gain. A hormone called peptide regulates the appetite and triggers hunger and gives you a feeling of fullness after eating the food.

What are the impacts of obesity on the body?

Obesity can cause various health-related conditions that hamper the daily lifestyle and make the person physically, mental and socially inactive.

It includes

Heart disease:

Accumulation of the fat tissue in the body needs nutrients and oxygen content that are required for the circulation of more blood to the fat tissue through the blood vessels. This increases the workload of the heart on the vessels. More circulation of blood means more pressure on the walls of the arteries which increases the blood pressure.

American heart association has stated that obesity is a major risk factor for the heart-related disease. People with obesity are at a greater risk for coronary artery disease. It also means that obese people have a higher risk of heart stroke or heart attack. Severe obesity is also associated with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

Diabetes mellitus:

Obesity is the main cause of type 2 diabetes and it usually begins in the adult stage but due to improper diet and lifestyle, it is now occurring in children. High blood sugar levels can also cause heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and stroke. Obesity causes insulin resistance, thus elevates the blood sugar level.

Sleep apnea:

Sleep apnea causes the people to stop breathing for a short period which causes an interruption in the sleep throughout the night and causes sleepiness. This may lead to snoring and is also associated with restricted breathing. An overweight person may have the chance of accumulation of fat around the neck. It makes the airway smaller which makes the breathing loud or difficult.

Bone-related problems or joint damage:

Obesity contributes to the number of disorders of bones and joint tissues. It increases the risk of personal injuries and accidents. It mainly affects the knees and hips because of the stress put on the joints by being overweight. People with heavy weight or obesity have higher levels of substances that cause inflammation. This may increase the risk of osteoarthritis.

Causes of Obesity

Cancer:

Women who are suffering from obesity are at an increased risk of cancer such as breast, colon, uterus and gall bladder. Men with obesity have a higher risk of prostate and colon cancer etc.

Fatty liver:

Obesity is the main cause of the fatty liver and non-alcoholic liver disease which cause scarring of the liver and result in the alteration of the liver functions and have a higher risk of liver cirrhosis and liver failure. Symptoms include retention of fluid, indigestion, abdominal pain, etc.

Psychosocial effects on the body:

In this culture with the idea of physical attractiveness is to be thin, those who are obese or overweight suffer various disadvantages. These are blamed for their health or condition. It is not easy for an overweight person having a lower income or having fewer or no romantic relationships. Disapproval may lead to discrimination, bias or torment.

Some other common health problems:

Gall bladder stones:

Accumulation and buildup of bile harden the gall bladder and forms gall stones. This condition can be painful and according to the symptoms and duration, it may require surgery.

Muscle and joint pain:

Wearing and tearing of the joints by any injury, carrying extra weight or accidents may lead to arthritis in adults.

Depression:

People who are obese or overweight are likely to be depressed and the person may lose his/her confidence and have a lower esteem level.

What are the symptoms of obesity?

BMI more than 30 (BMI defines as the accumulation of the excessive fat content in the body)

  • Excessive perspiration
  • Snoring
  • Breathlessness
  • Pain in joints and back region
  • Tiredness
  • Unable to cope with sudden physical activity
  • Low confidence level

What are the complications of being overweight or obesity?

  • Due to excessive fat accumulation, there will be constant pressure on the veins and arteries which may lead to atherosclerosis, heart attack or myocardial infarction.
  • Improper blood circulation to the brain may lead to a stroke.
  • Infertility is the main complication of obesity.
  • The person might feel socially unacceptable and has a lower esteem level which results in depression.

Control Obesity With 10 Best Home Remedies for Weight Loss

About Obesity

Obesity is a condition in which excessive fat gets accumulated in the body. This condition of ‘extreme overweight’ is mostly linked to the consumption of excess calories, along with heredity factors, hormonal problems and sedentary lifestyle. Obesity can affect individuals of all age-groups.

Obesity is determined on the basis of calculation of a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI). For calculating BMI, the weight of a person in kilograms is divided by his/her height in meters squared. If the BMI of a person is between 30 and 40, the condition is described as obesity; while a BMI between 25 and 29 indicates that a person is overweight.

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Obesity can become the causative factor of a number of serious, life-threatening diseases, such as heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and different types of cancer.

Some common lifestyle choices which can lead to obesity include:

  • Eating big food portions
  • Over-eating
  • Consumption of high-fat processed foods
  • Consumption of alcohol in excess
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Lack of physical activity.

Home Remedies for Weight Loss

Some of the best home remedies which can be very beneficial in controlling obesity and supporting weight-loss efforts in a natural manner are:

Green Tea

  • Green tea is an excellent home remedy for controlling obesity because it has abundance of nutrients and trace minerals like vitamin C, zinc, carotenoids, selenium, and chromium, etc.
  • Green tea can promote weight loss by restricting the absorption of fat by the body and increasing its capability to use fat.

Lemon Juice

  • Lemon juice is a very effective remedy for fighting obesity. It perks up the body metabolism by eliminating toxins; thereby facilitating the process of detoxification. In addition, lemon juice also improves digestion, and helps the body in getting the nutrients which are needed for burning the fat.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Another popular home remedy for combating obesity is Apple Cider Vinegar, in raw and unfiltered form. Apple Cider Vinegar is basically an effective preventive measure against obesity because it can help the body in breaking down the fat, and thus, prevent the accumulation of fat and the resultant weight gain.

Honey and Cinnamon

  • A combination of honey and cinnamon can also support a person’s weight-loss efforts. Honey promotes fat metabolism and can, therefore, fight obesity; while cinnamon can combat insulin resistance so that overeating is avoided, and can also bring reduce oxidative stress which is linked with metabolic syndrome.

Aloe Vera

  • Aloe Vera fights obesity by stimulating the metabolism of the body, and removing toxins from the digestive system and colon. Moreover, Aloe Vera also boosts energy consumption significantly and mobilizes unused fat in the body. The natural collagen proteins present in Aloe Vera ensure that the body works harder to absorb the proteins.

Fennel seeds

  • Fennel seeds are known for their diuretic properties, and are a good remedy for short-term weight loss.
  • Fennel seeds are helpful in quick weight-loss because they reduce water retention, just like other diuretics. Additionally, Fennel seeds are also useful in managing constipation, abdominal gas and indigestion.

Cayenne Pepper

  • Obesity can also be controlled with the help of Cayenne Pepper as it is rich in ‘capsaicin’ which stimulates the body to burn fat and use more energy.
  • Furthermore, Cayenne Pepper also fuels the digestive process, and can suppress the urge of over-eating which results from the poor absorption of nutrients in the body.

Mint Leaves

  • Mint leaves have excellent digestive properties which are primarily helpful in maintaining good digestive health. Regular use of Mont leaves over a period of time can help in fighting obesity by easing the digestion process and increasing the body metabolism.

Curry Leaves

  • Curry leaves are also an amazing home remedy for controlling obesity, as well as diabetes resulting from obesity. The presence of an alkaloid called ‘mahanimbine’ in Curry leaves has proven anti-obesity and lipid-lowering properties. In addition, it can also bring down the levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in the body.

Cabbage

  • Cabbage can promote weight loss and fight obesity because it has high fiber content, but is low in calories. The ‘tartaric acid’ present in Cabbage has the ability to hold back the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.
  • Moreover, Cabbage also contains ‘phytochemicals’ which can bring about an improvement in the imbalance of estrogen metabolism which is responsible for the storage of fat by the body.

Conclusion

  • The above-mentioned home remedies are very effective in controlling obesity. However, together with these remedies, it is also important for overweight people to adopt healthy lifestyle changes, drink plenty of water throughout the day, and eat more plant-based foods instead of processed, fast foods.