Obesity, the slow killer
Posted on: 20 Nov 2012
'The woman in her middle ages, Anjali Gupta, who came to consult with me the other day was obese in the real sense of the term,' says Dr. Divya Sosa Varughese, an Ayurvedic doctor from Kerala, working at the Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Hospital in New Delhi.
'Before deciding to administer any form of treatment, I asked her some questions, to which, her answers were in the affirmative,' continues Dr. Divya. 'She is very fond of Basmati Rice and she takes it lavishly. Anjali has a sweet tooth and she enjoys plenty of sweets. A home maker as she is, she sleeps as much as she can in the day-time after sending her husband to work and her children to school.'
'The reason for Anjali's visit to me was that she had been suffering from severe backache for several months. She had developed pain on her knees. On that account, she was walking with perceivable difficulty,' goes on Dr. Divya. 'Anjali represents all complications that can be observed in an obese person.'
Obesity seems a hard nut to crack to millions in today's world. People who are obese lose their shape. Insomnia, diffidence, depression and lack of interest in anything including life are the byproducts of obesity. Several diseases and conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, coronary artery diseases and psychosomatic disorders are attributable to obesity.
Is obesity the end of everything? 'The good news is that it is not.' Dr. Divya says. 'Plenty of products are available in the market, which claim to help to tide over the difficulty of obesity. However, people must choose these product based on the advice of a qualified medical doctor otherwise they could be cheated or their health severely jeopardized 'Dr. Divya gives a clear warning. 'Many people are not probably obese even though they think they are. By looking at emaciated models advertising almost everything available in the market from pin to piano, some people form an illusion that to be thin is contentment. People with such a notion will go to any length to become thin. They become an easy prey to false claims and treacherous practices. Contrary to this, people who have obesity as a serious health hazard must challenge the problem
head on,' Dr. Divya speaks authoritatively.
Obesity is the problem of the well-to-do sections everywhere in today's world. Dr. Divya says more than 33% of children in the United States are obese. The wealthy in all countries of the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the problem of obesity. Children who are obese today will most likely become victims of life threatening conditions such as diabetes and
coronary artery diseases. The paradox is that well educated and wealthy people are obese in all nations of the world. This simply means that obesity is a danger invited by people who are fully aware of it. They think their wealth and social status permit them to have an easy life. However, such a life of ease and comfort comes with a heavy price to be paid later.
Several factors contribute to obesity. Dr. Divya is of the view that we are able to control these things. The earlier we realize the dangers associated with obesity, the better it is.
Our food habit has undergone considerable changes. 'In the past,' says Dr. Divya, 'people used to consume food prepared at home. These days, they buy ready to cook or ready to eat materials from the market. These factory made food items are poor in fibre and rich in calories. Human body needs more fibre and less fat.'
The amount of manufactured food consumed by people is on the increase all over the world. 'Manufactured food contains more than required amount of fat in the form of oil or animal fat. They have a very high proportion of salt, sugar and other chemicals. Some of these chemicals such as colours, preservatives and taste makers are unwanted and potentially harmful.'
Modern technology has changed the way we live and work. 'Fans, heaters, coolers and air conditioners reduce the ability of the human body to adapt to natural conditions. Besides, we depend on a wide variety of machines at home and at work. Even though these machines have saved us from several hardships, they have also reduced the amount of physical exertion. The
reduction in physical activity is a major reason for obesity.'
The modern electronic media have a share in making many people obese. 'It is sad that even small children spend much time alone by playing video games or surfing the internet,' laments Dr. Divya. 'After returning from school and work, people spend a good deal of time in front of their computers or television sets. Throughout this time, many people keep on munching some food materials. Excessive consumption of food is like taking poison,' affirms Dr. Divya.
Is it possible to defeat obesity? Who can help? How is it possible? Ayurveda has proven answers to all these haunting questions. Nature has given us everything. From nature, Ayurveda has taken birth. Ayurveda, therefore, has effective solutions to all ailments and conditions affecting humankind. 'If you think you are obese, consult a good Ayurveda doctor. You are not a loser. Do not lose heart,' consoles Dr. Divya.