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Original Article

Yoga as Therapeutics in Obesity Management: An Observational Study

Ashish Srivastava, Swati Sinha, Sanjay Kumar Pandey

Keywords : Body mass index, Waist-to-hip ratio, Yoga

Citation Information : Srivastava A, Sinha S, Pandey SK. Yoga as Therapeutics in Obesity Management: An Observational Study. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2019; 30 (2):46-48.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10066-0040

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Introduction: Excess fat accumulation in body, known as obesity, has many adverse health effects. Yoga has been proved to have both curative and preventive value. Objective: To find out whether regular practice of yoga has any role in control of weight reduction and waist-to-hip ratio. Materials and methods: Eighty subjects with 40 males and 40 females were included with body mass index (BMI) >30 and waist-hip-ratio (WHR) >0.85. Same were assessed after 12 weeks of yoga training comprising of various asanas. Results: Body mass index of the male subjects decreased from 30.07±1.84 to 26.03±1.51 while of female subjects decreased from 30.29 ± 1.86 to 26.03 ± 1.51 while WHR of males decreased from 0.95 ± 0.02 to 0.89 ± 0.02 and of females decreased from 0.87 ± 0.01 to 0.83 ± 0.01 respectively after 12 weeks of yoga training. Conclusion: Regular practice of yoga can be used as a therapeutic regimen for weight control and reduction.

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