Overview of the Obesity Epidemic
Over a billion individuals globally are grappling with obesity, a severe health concern. Many people turn to drastic diets or intense workouts for weight reduction, yet often face obstacles and a likelihood of regaining weight. Additionally, some struggle with water retention, leading to edema, despite regulating their diet. This article delves into various traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) techniques like acupressure massage, tapping therapy, and dietary changes, aimed at supporting sustainable and healthy weight control.
Obesity’s Health Implications and Prevalence Trends
Obesity is increasingly linked to serious health issues like heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers, making effective weight loss crucial for preventing these diseases. As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity rates in the U.S. rose from 30.5% in 1999-2000 to 41.9% in 2017-2020, with severe obesity increasing from 4.7% to 9.2% during the same period. But what exactly constitutes obesity?
Understanding Obesity in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In TCM, obesity isn’t merely about body weight. Individuals with a larger frame or more muscle mass might not be classified as obese. Instead, TCM recognizes two obesity types: fat-type and water-accumulation. Fat-type obesity involves excessive fat accumulation, including around internal organs. Water-accumulation obesity is marked by fluid retention and swelling, or edema, needing medical intervention. Symptoms include skin paleness, fluctuating body weight, and issues like eczema and fatigue.
Identifying Obesity Types: Simple Tests
To determine if one has water-accumulation obesity, pressing the ankle to see if the skin stays white for over two seconds after pressure release can be indicative. Similarly, pressing above the ankle and observing for lasting skin indentations can suggest edema.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Solutions for Weight Management
1. Combating Water-Accumulation Obesity with Acupressure and Diet
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