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Childhood Obesity : An Ayurvedic Approach to its Management

Written by
Dr. Omendra Pal Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Aug 18, 2014 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  3 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Environmental factors, lifestyle preferences, and cultural environment play major roles in the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity worldwide. By following the guidelines on the basis of ayurvedic fundamentals, parents can effectively manage their child's obesity.

Childhood Obesity : An Ayurvedic Approach to its Management

A child is considered obese when his/her Body Mass Index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, exceeds 30 Kg/m2.

In ayurveda, obesity has been elaborately described by using the term atisthaulya. Childhood obesity without any organic cause is being dealt here.

Ayurvedic Management of Childhood Obesity:

Diet Regimen (Ahara):

Oily and deep fried food articles like noodles, pizza, hamburger, hot dog buns, french fries, pasta should be avoided.

The food articles sweetened with sugar like chocolate, sweets, cold drinks (sodas) should not be given to children.

Method of Dieting:

Children should be provided with a morning meal (breakfast) that includes whole grains, fruits, and protein.

Skipping meals does not promote weight loss.

Little water (half glass) should be taken before meal.

Cold water and cold drinks should not be taken along with meal (especially just after meal).

More of fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet.

  • Fruits : Bilva (Bael fruit), Amalaki (Indian gooseberry), Bibhitaki (Beleric Myrobalan), Haritaki (Myrobalan), Jambu(Syzygium cumini).
  • Vegetables: Patol (pointed gaurd), Shigru (drumstick), Trapusha (cucumber), Vartaka (brinjal), Granjanak (carrot).

If the child does not accept these fruits and vegetables as such, then make it more palatable by serving in the form of fruit chaat or vegetable halva.

Liquid Intake (anupana):

Children should be given luke warm water in winter season while room temperature water (not cold) in summer season in the evening time.

Other liquids that are beneficial in reducing childhood obesity are honey, warm water, buttermilk, Tila taila (sesame oil).

Physical activity (Vyayama):

Children should be encouraged for physical activity, at least 60 minutes of fitness everyday that may be in the form of sports, morning walk or cycling.

Limit Screen Time:

Switch off the television, computer, video game, etc., after a maximum of two hours a day.

This will provide time for more physical activity for your child.

Sleep (Nidra):

Excessive sleeping or nap after lunch should be avoided.

Pshycotherapy (Satvavajaya chikitsa):

  • Parent’s role: Parents should set a good example for children by choosing a healthy diet and doing ample exercises.
  • Emotional support to the child: Children need a lot of encouragement to be active. Children should be praised for making small changes and efforts for weight loss, not results. This in turn will encourage them perform more.

Medications:

Ayurvedic medicines are very effective in natural weight reduction along with the above regimen. But these medications must be taken in appropriate dose according to the body weight and under medical supervision. Self medication should strictly be avoided.

Consult an ayurveda specialist online for a specific diet plan for your child --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/ayurveda-specialist

Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  3 min read

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