It was two years back in the month of March when the deadly Coronavirus came into all of our lives. In India, particularly, all educational institutions were shut down immediately to stop the spreading of viruses among children and adolescents. However since then, there have been multiple researches conducted by various organizations like UNESCO, University of Essex, Surrey and Birmingham, and many more, all of them stating a common thing which is closing of educational institutions is no way to protect children from getting either virus or any kind of other disease. They rather stated the opposite. They think closure of academic institutions is directly affecting children`s academia, their mental and physical health, their social well-being and bringing them closer to emotional distress.
Getting overweight and turning borderline obese are also some of the dangerous repercussions observed in children and teens during the pandemic. As per the World Health Organization, Overweight and Obesity are described as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation which is very much prone to presenting a health risk. A body mass index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight, and over 30 is obese. Due to COVID, children have been forced to stay indoors. Online classes, limited playing, absolutely zero social interactions, has made children lethargic and at times they have reacted to situations in an irritable way. Major reasons can be considered their food habits, no exercise, and excessive screen time.
Ayurvedic remedies for Obesity in children
According to Ayurvedic expert Vikas Chawla, Founder and Director, Vedas Cure, ayurveda, the ancient science of medicine originated In India focuses both on reducing weight as well as adjusting the metabolic processes.
- It eliminates Ama(toxin or undigested metabolic waste), and extra fats to regulate the role of Kapha(based on earth and water), while preventing Vata(two elements air and space), aggravation.
- It also lays down yoga and diet suggestions for the treatment of Obesity.
- Ayurveda describes various techniques like Panchkarma Treatment– it consists of purgation therapy, medicated enema and deep tissue massages.
- It also recommends usage of oils like Triphala, Valiya Lakshadi, Sainndhavadi Thailam , along with steam baths which results in sweating, thus reducing cellulite and subcutaneous fat.
- Ayurveda recommends people with obesity issues should consume less oily foods and light to digest. Herbs like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, pepper and coriander should be used to prepare meals.
- Asanas like Tadasana, Paschimottanasana, Surya Namaskar, Pawanmuktasana, Bhujangasana and Dhanurasana should be practiced to keep in check with obesity.
- Practicing Pranayama with these asanas can provide better results. Kapalbhati pranayama, Anulom Vilom pranayama, Bhastrika pranayama and Bhramari pranayama are some of the pranayams which if practiced regularly can bring in magical changes in everyone`s body.
If Ama is present in the body it becomes really difficult to lose weight. Therefore, before focusing on weight loss everyone should first focus on losing Ama from the body. We can do this by practicing Amapachan. It is carried out by consuming substances like turmeric, triphala, trikatu, panchakola, etc. Once a child digests this Ama, it can be drawn out from the body by Shodhana therapy as advised in the Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment for reducing weight.
Importance of physical activeness for obese kids
Amid this virus spread, obesity and being overweight can become impending health dangers which may prove to be very dangerous for their future. Children must be agile and active in their young years for smooth movement and active participation in different kinds of physical activities. It is only the young years when their bodies are most flexible and their minds undergo cognitive developments in a transitioning phase.
The young minds are more open to adapting and learning new things. Parents of children facing obesity issues should focus and practice this way of living for their children to lead a healthy life in times when lifestyle disorders are a common occurrence.
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