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Obesity in Women

A woman loves to spot other women who are fatter than her to comfort herself that she isn’t the fattest one around. Amusing as it may seem, this is true at least in the majority. Obesity is on the rise these days; and women, thanks to the hormonal storms that they go through in life, are involuntarily over-sizing to ample proportions. Overeating under stress or emotional turmoil is known to be more common in women as compared to men. While some girls gain weight during puberty, others do so during pregnancy, after child-birth, or post menopause. Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), and the intake of certain psychiatric medications and steroids, are the other common causes of obesity in women.

Obesity is a silent killer that is known to give rise to complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gall stones, varicose veins, infertility, and renal disorders. With research discovering a link between obesity and 6 types of cancers, it is wiser to shed the flab. Studies have revealed that obese women tend to have a lower self esteem and negative body image in comparison with women who weigh normal. Repeated failure to lose weight adds to their hopelessness. In many cases, a woman may get depressed, paranoid, or overly possessive about their spouse or partner assuming that he doesn’t find her attractive anymore.

Homeopathic treatment focuses on tackling the cause of the obesity so as to trigger weight loss naturally without any adverse reactions. Hence, dietary changes and regular exercises are also recommended. Thus, if a depressed woman indulges in binge-eating, there is no point in trying to speed up her metabolic rate. Homeopathy cannot change her circumstances, but can help her to become more tolerant so that she comes out of depression, and consequently, stops eating to comfort herself. Similarly, the underlying pathology such as hypothyroidism or PCOD is treated so that the body corrects its metabolic disturbances by itself. For example, a girl who is reserved by nature, loves salty food, and gains weight due to overeating because her boyfriend left her, will need Nat Mur. Every woman is special, and Homeopathy treats each of them that way!

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 12 November 2009