Obesity is a health scourge for people worldwide. Here is an analysis of some of the ‘physical’ aspects related to obesity.
The number of fat cells formed in body during infancy stay intact for lifelong. The fat within each cell might reduce during diet crunch, but the cells remain intact. There develop a great number of fat cells in a child who is overfed and he remains prone for his entire life to weight gain and can lose weight only with difficulty. Fat babies thus have a tendency to grow into fat adults.
Attitude plays a role. Fear tends to restrict the entry of nutrients into the system. This is one reason why Vs do not easily gain weight. However, if you overeat particularly to pacify fear, you will eventually, put on weight. Anger burns nutrients which explains why Ps, despite a strong hunger, may not become obese. But, overeating particularly to pacify anger can lead to weight gain. Those full of bitterness caused by intense frustration choose to derive life’s sweetness from food and may get addicted to the pleasures eating provides which can make them obese. Reasons for obesity differ for each individual but all involve Ahamkara’s steadfastly holding onto Fat which is the dhatu that provides it with steady love and warmth.
The most stringent diet cannot change this tendency. A fat-dense diet may do less harm than loneliness when you want to lose weight. Rigorous diets are infact self-defeating. They emerge from a feeling of repulsion for fat, self-hatred for yourself and for your weakness that allowed fat to deposit in the first place. Such an attitude directly grows into our desire for starving the body to punish the mind. In consequence, the body feels starved and not liking it has to react on its own by preserving its highest energy tissue by lowering its metabolic rate which results into slower burning of fat. It tends to also burn off those tissues first which are not requited immediately. People on diet control, who do not exercise, may hence lose lean tissue first as it is not regularly being used.
Body forces mind to eat more to gratify its hunger which increases hunger pangs. Junk food addicts suffer the most during dieting, as their bodies being anyway empty of essential nutrients, experience hunger severely. Additionally, less calories are burnt off and more fat gets stored in the bodies of dieters when they return to their regular eating habits. Their metabolic rates decline and their bodies become more cautious about starvation which results in the tendency to store more in case the dieting episode gets repeated. A rigid diet can thus have the counter effect of making you fatter.
Psychological effects of severe dieting are worse. Dieters starve themselves but continue to fantasize and imagine about food which makes them suffer from depression and anxiety caused by the physical stress of living below body’s fat ideal. Conflicts arise between the mind and the body. Beyond an extent, the organism fails to restrain body’s persistent demands for food and gives in by overeating. The act of binging is propelled by mind’s feeling that as dieting has already discontinued, it is better to indulge. However, guilt is felt and mind is able to realize that temporary indulgence has damaged its physical self-image. The reaction is a return to starvation and on the whole, such erratic behaviors drive up your fat ideal by vitiating Vata.
Resisting a temptation can prove equally detrimental to weight. A dieter abstaining from a delicious dessert sends a signal to his brain that something pleasant is going to enter the system. Mouth waters, just as digestive juices start to flow. Body’s insulin is signaled to remove some sugar from the circulating blood to make way for new sugar that will be mixed into it. This sugar gets stored by body as fat. Restraining oneself from a dessert that is internally craved for, results into a little fat getting added onto the body every time we abstain.
Appetite also increases due to lowered blood sugar. We tend to eat more the next time than our normal diet as the mental craving for dessert has lowered blood sugar but augmented both physical appetite for carbohydrates and mental appetite for Sweet. Insulin production rises due to added body fat leading to more and more accumulation of fat with occurrence of such situations.
Gradually, insulin becomes less sensitive to blood sugar level owing to this excessive fat. This is because body begins to repel depositing more fat once its preferred ideal limit has reached. Blood sugar begins to soar above normal level which is a foreboding symptom of diabetes. Tissues lose their ability to utilize insulin and muscles lose access to their regular supply of sugar fuel. They send constant signals to mind about their starvation, thereby worsening the vicious spiral of malnutrition and providing greater damage to Ahamkara. Overnourishment of a dhatu is probably worse than its undernourishment.
The diabetes cases that develop in this way do not require insulin for treatment. Weight loss can help in such cases if it is able to normalize insulin function and assure that tissues remain nourished adequately.