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Vishal Prajapati*, Dr. V. K. Kori and Dr. K. S. Pate


Almost half of the world population is considered to be overweight and obese. So it is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern. The most frightening aspect of obesity is that shorten the lifespan. Apart from that it reduces the quality of life and cause to heart disease, diabetes, sexual disability, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, gallstone, strokes, and various physical and mental disorder. Obesity is caused by number of factor including more intake of food, sedentary lifestyle, less physical and mental work and sometimes heredity. Obesity has been described by the term Sthoulya and Medoroga in ayurvedic texts. Also Atisthoulya is included in Asta Nindita Purusha. Acharya Charak mentioned Atisthoulya as disease of kapha dosha. Kapha dosha, Agni dusti and vitiated Medo dhatus are leading factor in pathogenesis of Atisthoulya. The treatment of Sthoulya describes in our classics can be done in following way i.e. Nidana Parivarjarna, Guru Atarpana chikitsa, Statata karshana, Santarpanotha vikara chikitsa, Langhana chikitsa [Shodhana & Shaman rupi chikitsa] and Pathyapthya. Pathyas are mentioned in three different form i.e. Aharaja Pathya like Purana Shali, Kulattha, takra, madhu, etc.; Viharaja Pathyas like Vyayams Adhwagamana etc. and finally Manasika Pathyas like Chinta, Shoka etc. when Pathya is following along with the treatment procedures it gives better result.

Keywords: Sthoulya, Obesity, Agnidusti.

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