CHILDHOOD OBESITY  – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Childhood obesity is a condition in which gradual increase in the body mass with or without an underlying pathology in children. This condition is also known as paediatric obesity. An Indian research study has defined overweight and obesity as overweight (between ≥85th and <95th percentile) and obesity (≥95th percentile).

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • CAUSES OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • DIAGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • TREATMENTS FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • PROGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • COMPLICATIONS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • CHILDHOOD OBESITY   AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 
  • YOGA FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Obesity
  • Puffy face
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Pain on weight-bearing joints
  • Swelling in the face, abdomen or extremities
  • Childhood obesity may also manifest without symptoms other than weight gain

CAUSES OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Hormone changes
  • Family factors
  • Socio-economic factors
  • Psychological factors
  • Certain medications like Corticosteroids
  • Overeating

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

Due to the above causes weight gain occur in children with or without associated symptoms. There is an increase in body weight resulting from an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure.

DIAGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Diagnosis through growth chart
  • BMI – Body mass index
  • Body Mass Index is calculated the same way for both adults and children. 
  • BMI Categories:

Underweight = <18.5

Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

Overweight = 25–29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

  • Formula:

Weight (kg) / [height (m)]2

  • Blood tests – to measure the level of thyroid hormones, blood glucose level etc.

TREATMENTS FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Physical exercise
  • Diet modifications
  • Surgical interventions
  • Treatment of underlying pathology

PROGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Childhood obesity is manageable with life modifications. Untreated childhood obesity leads to complications.

COMPLICATIONS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY    

  • Pain on weight-bearing joints
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver diseases
  • Elevated blood cholesterol
  • Respiratory problems
  • Metabolic diseases

CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,childhood obesity is caused due to the ‘medo vridhi’. It is managed based on the treatment of ‘sthoulya’ and symptomatic management is also needed.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Excess consumption of unctuous, heavy, oily food
  • Dysfunction of agni
  • Lack of vyayama (physical activities)
  • Sedentary lifestyle

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Gradual gaining of weight in children

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Improper functioning of jataragni effects dhatu agni in children leads to symptoms of childhood obesity.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Increased appetite
  • Atisweda – excess sweating
  • Ksheena – fatigue
  • Sthoulya –obesity

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Symptoms are manageable with Ayurvedic medicines

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Treatment for agni
  • Treatment for medovridhi
  • Varanadi kashayam
  • Triphala guggulu
  • Kanchanara guggulu 
  • Punarnavarishtam

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

Internal administration

HOME REMEDIES FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Exercise regularly
  • Take an appropriate quantity of fluids

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

  • Avoid food items that cause medovridhi.
  • Avoid more oily foods, junk foods.

YOGA FOR CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

Yoga procedures should be adopted based on the age of the child and should be done under care.

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam   

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.                             

  • Pashchimottasana
  • Suryanamaskara
  • Trikonasana
  • Chakrasana

Bhujangasana

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