Dr Iqbal treating thousands of overweight people with holistic and natural medicine.
Being overweight or obese is a common problem in our society and many people are fat today than ever before. Experts call this an obesity epidemic. In Pakistan out of every four people, one is overweight. Someone who is 40% overweight is twice as likely to die prematurely as a normal-weight person.
To discuss the causes of obesity and how one can effectively control it, we talked to Dr Iqbal Khemane who is a physician and psychotherapist. Dr Iqbal is operating an obesity clinic and treating thousands of overweight and obese people with holistic and natural medicine. While talking to Giving Life team Dr Iqbal said, the tendency of weight gain is different in every person and his metabolism rate dictates how effectively the calories he takes are used by his body. Some common causes that contribute to weight gain are described by him in detail here:
Common causes of obesity
Overeating Eating food in excess amount then what the body actually needs is one of the major causes of obesity. Fast food is the biggest contributor of depositing calories in ones body. Fast food is high in fat, sugar and sodium.
Genetics conditions may also cause obesity in a number of people. Hypothyroidism is a condition that can cause obesity, also medications for these health issues can lead to obesity.
People who consume more food should necessarily do exercise to burn the fat, but many of them don’t do that. Because of work and a busy lifestyle people are forced to skip meals and eat fast food and live a sedentary lifestyle.
Stress: Dr Iqbal said, unresolved emotional issues and increased social pressure can influence a person to eat too much. Obesity if not controlled causes serious health problems in the body, he added.
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Irregular periods and infertility
Unresolved emotional issues and increased social pressure can influence a person to eat too much.
According to Dr Iqbal, If we want to maintain a healthy weight then short-term dietary changes will not help. To reduce weight it is necessary to know about the individual health characteristics and medical history of a person as they vary from person to person. Dr Iqbal adds, holistic and natural medicines provides comprehensive knowledge to treat patients individually with different medical history and dietary habits.
He also recommends his patients to adapt a lifestyle that includes healthy diet and regular physical activity. A well-balanced diet that he recommends is:
- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
- Lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
- Saturated fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars should be avoided.