Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat and/or body water. Obesity is defined as a  body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above. BMI=weight(kgs) divided by  height(m) squared.


  • Physical inactivity

Sedentary people burn fewer calories than people who are active

  • Genetics

One is more likely to develop obesity if one or both parents are obese. Genetics also affect hormones involved in fat regulation(leptin deficiency)

  • Overeating
  • Diet high in simple carbohydrates(sugars, fructose, desserts, soft drinks, beer, wine); fats or sugar
  • Frequency of eating(eating two or three large meals daily)
  • Slow metabolism

Women have a slower metabolism than men, and hence, have a tendency to put on more weight than men.So weight loss is more difficult for women.

  • Physical inactivity
  • Medications (anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, diabetes medications, oral contraceptives, corticosteroids, antihistamines)
  • Psychological factors

Eating excessively in response to emotions (boredom, sadness, stress or anger)

  • Diseases (hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome)


  • Weight-to-height tables

These tables give general ranges of healthy weights and overweight for adult height.

  • Body fat percentage

Men with more than 25% fat and women with more than 30% fat are considered obese.

  • Body mass index

Healthy = 18.5-24.9

Overweight = 25.0-29.9

Obese = 30 or greater

Morbidly obese = 40 or greater


Ayurvedic treatment for Obesity

Diet and Nutrition for Obesity

Exercises for Obesity

Home Remedies for Obesity

Lifestyle for Obesity

Recommended daily diet plan for Obesity



Balanced and timely low fat diet  and moderate regular exercise are the key to prevent obesity.

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