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obesity: causes, symptoms and homeopathic treatment
Obesity: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment

Hi, everyone 

Welcome to day 12 of #BlogchatterA2Z and as “O”, I am talking about another common disease condition, “Obesity”.  

What is obesity? What are causes and complications? What are preventive measures? And what is scope of homeopathic treatment in controlling obesity? Read the post to know more! 

 What is Obesity?

As per definition, overweight and obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that represents, a risk to health. Body mass index is used as base to define obesity. A body mass index (BMI) over 25 is considered as overweight and over 30, it is called obesity.  

Obesity is so common worldwide and affect large number of populations worldwide.  

Obesity primarily is not a dangerous disease and can be controlled effectively by improving lifestyle measures (diet control and regular exercise). But when left untreated, it could cause various serious lifestyle diseases ranging from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, even some type of cancerous condition too.  

Important facts about obesity 

Here are some important (and scary) facts about obesity.  

As per WHO,  

  • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years and older were overweight. Of these over 650 million adults were obese. 
  • In 2016, 39% of adults aged 18 years and over (39% of men and 40% of women) were overweight. 
  • Overall, about 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese in 2016. 
  • The worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. 
  • Globally 8 % of death in 2017 is caused by obesity (that represents an increase from 4-5% from 1990) 

Causes of obesity  

causes of obesity
Causes of obesity

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Here are some common causes of obesity.  

  • The major cause of obesity is poor lifestyle choices that includes eating of unhealthy, fried and junk food and sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activities). These both factors are primary reason that first result in increasing weight and later on causes obesity and other associated symptoms and complications.  
  • Family history of obesity is second common cause of obesity. Obesity usually runs in generation. The children of obese parents are usually suffered from obesity. The cause includes both genetic and lifestyle factors.  
  • Some kind of systemic disease like thyroid disorder and PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease) also causes obesity and vice versa is also true.  
  • In some cases, arthritis or other joint and musculoskeletal diseases that reduces mobility and overall physical activities also results in obesity and increase weight.  
  • Medications: certain medications like anticonvulsants and antidepressants may cause rapid weight gain and obesity.  
  • Psychological factors: some people have a tendency of “emotional eating”, in response to deal with sadness, anger or other negative emotions. This emotional eating (usually of junk and unhealthy food) causes obesity in large number of populations.  
  • High level of stress and lack of sleep has also been associated with increase weight gain and obesity.  

How to measure obesity?  

Though physical appearance and rapid weight gain is primary indication of obesity but for confirming diagnosis of obesity “BMI” calculation is one of the most commonly used tools.  

Physician used “BMI” calculator as a first step to know the patient’s BMI by using three important factors age, height and weight. Read this post to know more about how to calculate your BMI?  

Here are some guidelines from CDC that helps in defining obesity in to different categories: 

  • If BMI is 25.0 to less than 30, it falls within overweight categories.  
  • If BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls withing obesity range.  
  • If BMI is 40.0 or higher, it is considered as “extreme or severe obesity”.  

Symptoms 

The common symptom of obesity is: 

  • Increased deposition of fat cells on various parts of body including back, buttocks and belly.  
  • Rapid weight gain  
  • If there is severe obesity, it may result in limitation of movement and may worsen the existing state of obesity.   
  • If obesity is associated with other systemic disorder (like diabetes, thyroid), the symptoms of associated disease conditions also present with obesity.  
  • Shortness of breath, increase sweating and generalized exhaustion 
  • Sleep disturbances due to snoring and in some cases sleep apnea  
  • Inability to perform everyday tasks with ease (in case of severe obesity)  
  • Joint pain and weakness (in some cases)  
  • Depression and low self-esteem  
  • Overall poor quality of life  

Complications 

effect of obesity on body
Effect of obesity on body

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As mentioned before, obesity can cause various serious complications. In fact, obesity is a major cause of early death in many countries. The common complications of obesity include:  

  • Diabetes (type 2)  
  • Cardiovascular diseases (heart disease, stroke,  
  • increased cholesterol level 
  • Certain type of cancer like breast, colon and uterus  
  • Digestive problems like heartburn, gall bladder disease and liver problems  
  • Sleep apnea (a serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep)  
  • Gynecological and sexual problems like infertility and irregular menses in female and erectile dysfunction in male  
  • Osteoarthritis and other joint related issues 
  • Psychosocial and mental issues like depression and low self-esteem is more common in obese people. 

Prevention and treatment 

Though complications of obesity are serious and scary but on brighter side, the prevention, management and treatment of obesity is very effective. Rather than medication or other surgical measures, lifestyle measures are way more effective in managing obesity and offer long-term benefits in managing obesity and weight gain.  

Here are some important steps that play a vital role in prevention and treatment of obesity.  

Adaptation of healthy lifestyle  

Eating healthy diet and avoid eating junk, fried and other unhealthy food. Try to add more fruits, vegetables and whole grain in your diet. Eat small quantity of meal at a time and practice other healthy eating practice such as being mindful while eating. Chew your food properly and try to finish end meal of day before 2-3 hours of sleeping.  

Regular physical activity 

this is another important factor to control the symptoms of obesity.  expert recommended at least 30-45 minutes of physical activity for adults and at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children, for 4-5 days in a week. Regular physical activity helps a lot in maintain an ideal weight and also offers various other benefits like improved mood, better sleep and  

Regular checkups and essential body test 

Regular physical checkup also plays an important role in detection and early treatment of obesity and other associated complications.  

Homeopathic treatment  

Before sharing anything about homeopathic treatment, I want to covey a strong message about any kind of obesity treatment (offer by any pathy).  

There is no magic wand or magical pills are available in any mode of treatment that can reduce your weight rapidly without putting efforts on working on your lifestyle factors. Nowadays, there are various offers are available in market that claims like (20 Kg weight loss in a week or something). All these kinds of offers are purely scam. Weight loss is a gradual process that totally depends on your lifestyle factors means your diet and physical activity. Working on these two factors consistently give great results and offer long-term benefits for your health and overall being”.  

As the post is about including homeopathic treatment too, I am sharing few indicated remedies that have a good reputation is treating obesity problem.  

You can use these remedies as a “general support” in your weight loss journey. For better results, it is always advisable to take professional homeopathic treatment to get best remedy as per your individual symptoms.  

Phytolacca berry Q or tablet 

Phytolacca berry Q
Phytolacca B Q

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Phytolacca berry is one of the top-grade remedies in homeopathy for healthy weight loss. It can be used a general remedy to support your weight loss journey. It helps in improving digestion and metabolism. It also helps in reduction of hunger drive. It gives good result is weight loss without causing any adverse side effects like weakness.  it can be taken in both mother tincture and tablet form.  

Dose: take 15-20 drops of mother tincture in ½ cup of Luke warm water, 2-3 times a day.  

For tablet, take 1-2 tablets, 3 times a day.  

Fucus vesiculosus Q (mother tincture) 

Fucus vesiculosus Q
Fucus vesiculosus Q

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Fucus is another great remedy for obesity. It is especially useful in cases, when obesity is associated with thyroid disorder and hormonal disturbances 

Dose: take 15-20 drops of mother tincture in ½ cup of Luke warm water, 2-3 times a day. 

Calotropis gigantea Q (mother tincture) 

Calotropis gigantea Q
Calotropis Gigantea Q

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Calotropis mother tincture works like a “Fat cutter medicine”. It helps in reducing body fat and also work great in increasing muscle mass.  

take 15-20 drops of mother tincture in ½ cup of Luke warm water, 2-3 times a day. 

Calcarea carb 

Calcarea carb 30
Calcarea carb 30

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This is another great constitutional remedy for obesity. It works great for “Fatty, fair and flabby (chubby) people”. Usually, patient has symptoms of increased sweating, exhaustion and weak joints. Also, a good remedy for obesity in children.  

Dose: 30 potency, 5-5 globules, 2-3 times a day 

Lycopodium clavatam   

Lucopodium clavatum 30
Lycopodium clavatum 3o

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This is a good remedy, when obesity is associated with gastric symptoms (like constipation and indigestion). Also, it is especially suitable for treating obesity in lower part of body (buttock and thigh).  

Dose: 30 potency, 5-5 globules, 2-3 times a day 

Graphites 

Graphites 30
Graphites 30

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Graphits is especially suitable for females who have gained weight during perimenopause or menopause period due to hormonal disturbances. Also, a good remedy, when obesity is associated with skin disorder like eczema.  

Dose: 30 potency, 5-5 globules, 2-3 times a day 

So, these were some common remedies for treating obesity.  

What are your thoughts? Please share with me.  

This is all for now.  

As alphabet “P”, I am talking about “Pimples and homeopathic treatment”. Stay tuned to know more.  

Read the previous posts of the series here: 

A: Acidity: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment  

B: baby colic : causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

C: Common childhood injuires: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

D: Diarrhea: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

E: Ear pain, causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

F: “Fever”- causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

 G: “Gingivitis”: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

H: “Hair loss”: common causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!  

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z Challenge

Disclaimer: the post is written for educational purpose only. did not intend to cure, treat or diagnose any disease condition. always consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your medication or starting any new medication.

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25 Comments

    • admin

      Dear the medicines which I am suggesting in series are usually did not cause any side effects but each one has a different body type and specially those who are suffering from other medical conditions, did not advised to take self medication. always consult your doctor before taking any of these,

    • Varsh

      Obesity is the side-effect of an unhealthy lifestyle but can be genetic too. Good physical activity everyday and eating right food with controlled portions can help control it. BMI is a good measure of it. I trust it too.

    • admin

      Yes Anjali, Varsha said it right. if anyone is confused with body fat and body weight, BMI is the best way to confirm the diagnosis of obesity. it includes all important parameter like height, age, and then calculate our ideal weight . as I said in post, there in no magical treatment for obesity. healthy lifestyle ( diet and exercise) are only way to get good and consistent results,

      • Doctor mommy

        The current pandemic year is going to bring at its hilt, a host of obesity related health conditions because a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and poor diet control have been a part of the new normal. High blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, arthritis are just a few to name.

  • Pr@Gun

    Obesity has become a common issue, before meds I will still recommend your prevention tips, medications are always the last option if need be. Complication chart is a big message in itself.

  • Navita Bhatia

    Strongly agree with you that there is no magic wand that can reduce our body fat without making considerable changes to our lifestyle. Obesity is one of the most common problems of the modern era. Great that most of the medicines mentioned by you work towards enhancing metabolism and treating the underlying conditions like indigestion, thyroid, and constipation etc. Another very helpful post !!

  • Imagemakeover

    With the increase intake of junk food and technology addition, obesity has become One of the biggest concern in India too. These homeopathic medicine will definitely give some relief. Thanks Surbhi you are doing great.

  • Mayuri6

    I think if one has to succumb to take medicines to lose weight, then Homeopathy is their best bet. There are no side effects at all. Glad how you are educating everyone about Homeopathy, Surbhi.

  • Archana

    Obesity has become world wide issue. Couldn’t agree more, that Yes there is no wonder wand or magic to treat obesity. It is gradual process, one has to adapt a disciplined lifestyle. Rest are myth even medicine will only work when you start work on your body. Appreciate, You have mentioned the base fact so clearly. Though I didn’t know that Homeopathy has such treatment also. Thanks for letting us know dear!

  • Alpana Deo

    Obesity is a major concern these day. Not just adults but among kids too. It is always better to keep watch on our health especially if we have a family history. Prevention is always better option. A lot we can do by following a healthy lifestyle.

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