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Dr. Shaifali Sharma*, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Sharma and Dr. Deepa


Ayurveda is the ancient system of medicine in the world. Ayurveda the science of life deals with every aspect of life. Ayurveda has two main objectives “Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam, aaturasya vikaarprashmam cha” (protection and promotion of health and secondly cure from the diseases). To fulfill these main objectives, various Samhita texts were composed. In Charak Samhita, Acharya Charaka has mentioned the symptoms of Prashasta Purusha (Ideal person). According to Acharya Charaka any person who has balanced proportion of muscles, Compactness, strong sense organs, who can tolerate any type of disease by his body strength, who can easily tolerate excessive hunger and thirst, sunlight, cold and various physical activities, who can digest easily any type of food, withstand signs of old age and who has proper growth of muscles and who does not get prone to diseases is known as Prashasta Purush. Charak Samhita described eight kinds of men who are undesirable nature in respect of their body (Physique). Eight 'Nindya prakrities' (undesirable constitution) according to the body constitution are described as are Atidirgha (very tall), Atihriswa (very short stature), Atigaura (very fair colored or complexion), Atikrishna (very black colored or complexion), Atiloma (with excessive body hair), Aloma (absence of body hair), Atikrisha (excessive thin or emaciated persons) and Atisthula (obese or overweight). Amongest all the undesirable persons, Atisthula (the over-obese) and the over lean are most despicable. This review article attempts to have a bird?s eye view on Atisthula among all the Ashtonindatiya Purusha mentioned in Ayurvedic science and anatomical review of obesity.

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