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Obesity in Children (Atisthoulya)

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Obesity in Children-Atisthoulya

Obesity is a serious condition that affects many children and also adolescents. Children are said to be obese if their weight is above the normal range corresponding to their age and height.Childhood obesity is an important condition as it can lead to many health problems that were once considered adult problems. It includes medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also result in lack of self-esteem and can lead to depression. In Ayurveda, the condition called Atisthoulya is explained that emphasizes the causes, effects and treatment of obesity. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is a genuine Ayurvedic centre that provides quality Ayurveda treatment for various illnesses. IAFA is always focussed in providing the best and most effective treatment especially to children and adolescents through its Ayurpediatric department.

Causes of Obesity in Children

Important factors leading to obesity in children are:

  • Lifestyle habits
  • Lack of physical activities and exercise
  • Increased intake of high calories food and drinks
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormonal factors 
  • Psychological factors like stress, or boredom

Ayurvedic reference of Obesity-Atisthoulya

Symptoms of Obesity in Children

The body mass index (BMI) is the commonly accepted measure for overweight and obesity. Children affected with obesity will have BMI value higher than the normal range corresponding to their age.

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Diet in Obesity in Children

Do’s (Pathya) in Obesity in Children

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains 
  • Nuts, seeds, beans 
  • Be sure to get enough sleep
  • Light and easily digestible food
  • Intake of lesser quantity of food
  • Frequent intake of lukewarm water
  • Do exercise regularly
  • Take supper 3 hrs before sleep
  • Exercise like swimming & outdoor games

Don’ts (Apathya) in Obesity in Children

  • Consumptionof sugar
  • Chocolates 
  • Whitebread, white rice, white pasta
  • Potatoes 
  • Red meat and processed meats 
  • Fast food
  • Sweetenedbeverages  
  • Intake of food before digesting previous meal
  • Fried and bakery food
  • Artificialjuices
  • Daysleep
  • Sittingin one place for long time
  • Mental stress of children
  • Watching mobile & television for longer time

Yoga and Pranayama in Obesity in Children

Regular practice of following Yoga postures will be helpful in reducing weight and also decrease the amount of fat in body

  • Chaturangadandasana
  • Veerabhadrasana
  • Surya namaskar
  • Trikonasana
  • Adhomukhasvanasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Jataraparivrithi
  • Parighasana

Pranayama helps in maintaining normal body weight and to relax the mind as well as body. 

Ayurvedic Treatment of Obesity in Children

Ayurveda has detailed protocol for the management of Obesity in children. It includes internal medicines, treatment procedures and judicious use of single herbs.

Internal Medicines for Obesity in Children

  • Varanadi Kashaya
  • Guggulutiktaka Kashaya
  • Rasonadikashaya
  • Chitrakadi Kashaya
  • Nava guggulu
  • Punarnavaguggulu

  • Dasamoolahareetakilehya
  • Thriphalaguggulugulika
  • Thriphalachoorna
  • Thrayodasangaguggulugulika
  • Kanmadabhasma

Internal Medicines for Obesity in Children

  • Triphalachoorna
  • Kolakulathadichoorna

Treatment Procedures for Obesity in Children

  • Udwartana (Medicated powder massage)
  • Vamana (Emesis)
  • Virechana (Purgation)
  • LekhanaVasti (Enema for reducing body mass)

Single Herbs in the Management of Obesity in Children

  • Bhallataka (Semecarpusanacardium)
  • Varana(Cratevanurvala)
  • Guggulu (Commiphoramukul)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

  • Punarnava (Boerrhaviadiffusa)
  • Vidanga (Embeliaribes)
  • Chitraka (Plumbagozeylanica)
  • Kulatha(Dolichosbiflorus)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the causes of obesity in children?

Answer: Obesity in children is caused by factors like lack of exercise, high calorie food intake, genetic factors, hormonal variation etc.

Question: How is obesity in children identified?

Answer: Obesity in children can be checked by measuring their Body Mass Index (BMI). If the BMI is higher than that corresponds to their age, the child can be considered as obese.

Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment effective to treat obesity in children?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda has several unique as well as effective treatment methods to treat obesity which can be customized based on the cause, nature and degree of obesity.

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