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Acupuncture Treatment for Obesity

Obesity results when the intake of a calories in the form of food exceeds their consumption in the form of physical activity. The excess of calories are stored in the form of fat in the adipose tissue. The most common cause of disparity between the intake and consumption of the calories is a reduction in the physical activities which occurs around the age of 40 to 60 years. Social customs, food faddism and psychological factors (eg. Failure to achieve) are also responsible for intake of more calories than required.

Disease states are sometimes responsible for obesity. Obesity is a feature of various endocrine diseases like Cushing’s Syndrome, Hypogonadism, Myxedema, Sheehan’s syndrome and hyperinsulinism. Diseases involving the hypothalamus (Brain tumors, encephalitis) may disturb the feeding centre and cause obesity.

The ill effects of obesity include predisposition to diabetes mellitus, hypertension and coronary artery disease, and occurrence of Pickwickian syndrome (hypoventilation and pulmonary heart disease due to rigid chest wall)

Common causes of obesity:
Physiological influences
Food intake and eating disorders
Weight history
The risk factors include:
Unhealthy diet
Sedentary lifestyle
Drugs like steroid hormones and Drugs used to treat psychiatric conditions
Lack of sleep
Quitting smoking

Obesity has been linked to a number of complications. If untreated for a prolonged period it can lead to:

Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Heart disease
Certain cancers (breast, colon, and endometrial)
Gallbladder disease
Fatty liver disease
High cholesterol
Sleep apnoea and other breathing problems
Chronic lower back pain
Osteoarthritis, particularly of the knees
Exercise regularly
Eat a well-balanced diet
Maintain a healthy body weight
Limit unhealthy foods (refined grains and sweets, potatoes, red meat, processed meat) and beverages (sugary drinks)
Improve sleep routine and reduce the stress
Acupuncture Treatment for Obesity

Studies on the effects of acupuncture application therapy on obesity, reported that acupuncture application in obesity treatment is effective in procuring weight loss. It can affect appetite, intestinal motility, and metabolism, as well as emotional factors such as stress.