In every fat person lies a trapped leaner one, awaiting liberation. The past 10 years have witnessed an alarming increase in the number of obesity cases, with more than 30 crore adults and approximately 3 crore children grappling with the problem worldwide. Obesity can be due to excessive calorie intake or poor calorie burnout. Thus, a person who eats moderately but has a sedentary lifestyle can also put on weight. Besides this, heredity, metabolic disorders and hormonal imbalances could also be the culprits.
The incidence of obesity is higher in women as compared to men because while the former have more adipose tissue, the latter have a greater muscle mass that burns more calories. The impact of obesity on the minds and bodies of people, however, is irrespective of gender. Research has found a strong correlation between obesity and depression. Lowered confidence levels and decreased self-esteem are outcomes too. At a physical level, being obese can give rise to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, osteoarthritis, infertility, sleep disorders and fatigue.
Homeopathy offers safe and non-invasive solutions in weight management. International clinical trials have shown that homeopathic remedies, acting as fat burners, speed up the body’s metabolic rate without any side effects. A holistic system of healing, homeopathy believes in offering customised solutions to each and every patient, including an individualised diet chart, knowing that every man’s stomach is as unique as his foot. A tearful, plump lady who loves pastries and has frequent mood swings may need Pulsatilla, whereas a fat man who craves eggs, suffers from hypothyroidism and is obstinate by nature, could require Calc Carb.
Crash diets or over-vigorous exercise regimens do more harm than good. A low carb, low fat diet along with just walking for about half an hour daily is helpful in most cases. The right approach is to lose weight — and not your health — naturally, gradually and consistently, and monitoring the body mass composition at regular intervals. This is important if you don’t want your weight to come back with a vengeance to disappoint you. Remember, slow and steady always wins the race!
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 05 November 2009