What is Obesity / Overweight?
Obesity refers to an excessive amount of body fat. There is, however, a distinction between being obese and being overweight. Someone who is overweight may benefit from losing a few extra pounds, while an obese person has large amounts of extra body fat that puts them at risk for serious health problems. While obesity is not considered a diagnosable eating disorder, it has been acknowledged as one of the most dangerous health problems confronting public health professionals today. Statistically, obesity affects as many as 34 percent of American adults, however, what makes this trend anything but normal are the potentially devastating health, social and emotional implications associated with obesity. Although body fat is essential for storing energy, insulating the body and protecting important body organs, excessive amounts can lead to serious obesity health problems and increased mortality rates.
Obesity / Overweight Causes:
- Over-eating. The intake of calories (the energy value of food) exceeds the requirements of the body over a long period of time. This excess energy is stored in the body cells in the form of fat and sugar and gives the individual the outward appearance of being overweight
- Genetic or hereditary factor
- Inactive or Sedentary lifestyle
- Weight cycling, caused by repeated attempts to lose weight by dieting
- Underlying illness such as hypothyroidism
- Stressful mentality
- Insufficient sleep
- Certain medications such as atypical antipsychotics
- Smoking cessation
Obesity / Overweight Symptoms:
- Excess body fat
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gallbladder disease
- Some types of cancer
- High cholesterol
- Sleeping and breathing problems
- Depression or other emotional problems
- Difficulty walking or moving around
- Rashes in the folds of the skin
- Shortness of breath with exertion
- Snoring or sleep apnea
Obesity / Overweight Prevention Tips:
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Cut down on the sugar
- Choose baking and steaming over roasting and frying
- Eat three regular meals a day. Avoid skipping any meal.
- Become active and take up a physical activity that you enjoy
- Increase the quantity of fruits and vegetables and low calorie foods.
- Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. Have some salads, vegetables with it.
- Have raw or cooked cabbage as it inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.
- Avoid intake of too much salt as it may be a factor for increasing body weight.
- Avoid rice and potato, which contain a lot of carbohydrates. Among cereals wheat is good.
- Avoid meals when under stress or tension.
Obesity / Overweight Home Remedies:
- Trifala: Trifala, an ayurvedic herbal combination of amalaki, bibbitaki, and haritaki, is good for losing weight.
- Indian plum (Ber): The leaves of Indian plum are another valuable remedy for obesity. A handful of leaves should be soaked overnight in water and this water should be taken in the morning, preferably on an empty stumach. This treatment should be continued for at least one month to achieve beneficial results.
- Cabbage: Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. Recent research has revealed that a valuable chemical called tartaric acid is present in this vegetable which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction. Substituting a meal with cabbage salad would be the simplest way to stay slim.
- Tomato: One or two ripe tomatoes taken early morning as a substitute for breakfast, for a couple of months, are considered a safe method of weight reduction. They also supply the food elements essential to preserve health.