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OBESITY IN CHILDHOOD: A SERIOUS ISSUE IN KAUMARBHRITYA

*Vd. Komal Santosh Chavan and Vd. Dattatraya B. Chavan

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Children are backbone of our society, so they have to be fit and fine for bright future. Children’s growth rate varies at different times during their development which makes it difficult to tell if they are overweight. A chubby child obviously attracts many attentions, because of this reason parents often tends to overfeed their children out of affection and fail to notice that their toddler who was once chubby and adorable hasn’t lost his baby fat and growing up obese. With continuous change in lifestyle and dietary habits, child has become the victim of many disease and obesity (Sthaulya) is one of them. The body weight of our babies is putting pressure on their “Cuteness”, their “happiness”, their “emotions” and their “being”. Because of high cholesterol level in children further leads to hyperlipidemia, Diabetes like complicatios in future life of obese child. Due to this reason obesity has become a serious issue in Kaumarbhritya. In Ayurveda, Aacharya Charaka described Sthaulya in Ashtonindit Adhyay and described Karshan Chikitsa in form of Guru Apatarpan to reduce obesity.[1] This disease is supposed to be a gift of modern life style and it becomes ground for so many diseases. Yoga types explained in Ayurveda like Asanas, Pranayama, meditation and relaxation techniques are helpful for weight loss, reducing body fat and weight management.

Keywords: Sthaulya, Karshan, Guru Apatarpan, Yoga.


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