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Body fat and ice cream craving, tooth ache

Hello
I am so happy to have found this forum. I am here to seek some consultation regarding my mom and my own problems. My family doesn't believe in going to the doctor till the peace has been disturbed at home and we're really big on homeopathic remedies. So here I go.

Me:
I am a 20 year old sophomore at an undergrad college in Massachusetts, USA. I am originally from Bangladesh but I've grown up abroad, although I did spend most of my life at home. I've been overweight 95% of my lifetime, despite being a think, slender child at birth. My parents thought I'd grow to be really slim and tall and obviously that's far from what I became. My grandma started taking care of me several months after I was born because my mom had to go back to work. She believes that kids should be round chubby things with swollen cheeks...or however you'd put it, but that's the idea. So she fed me really well and made me drink a loooot of water and as a result I began gaining really fast and after one point, no one would want to carry me anymore or let me sit on their laps... I was soooo big. Then I went abroad and kept growing because they had such great food. It wasn't that I ate food with a lot of fat or oil but yes I did eat a lot of fast food in general and a lot of sweets and so my grandma's haunting continued, despite her absence.

Then I came back home and since I couldn't eat my favorite food anymore and suffered from a lot of emotional problems and 'homesickness' towards my home for six years, and constant cold and fever... I began losing weight drastically till I went down from 80 something kg to 62kg or so in just six months. I wasn't on a diet, I hardly exercised, spent most of my time sleeping and did eat my meals properly... just not much as I ate while I was abroad. I also spent a lot of time studying and playing computer games but whereas back there I did a lot of exercising, sports and club activities (not claiming to be good at any of them but I sure had a lot of energy then despite so much weight), here I was doing no form of physical activity yet my weight was going down till the scale read 'normal' for my height to weight ratio. I was happy and although my face had lot a bit of the cuteness I had with round cheeks, my figure was admirable.

Once I got used to the country and its food, despite not increasing my consumption level, I started gaining weight again till I gained the 20kgs back and more. However I did not have a big tummy, it was just everything else.

Then I started going to college in the US and I am afraid over the past eight months in college, I've gained nearly 15 kgs. I have problems moving around. I don't eat healthily since I hate the awful, tasteless, fatty american college food and I neither know how to cook nor have the money to prepare/buy healthy meal elsewhere. My college food is paid by scholarship. I live on a hilly campus and I get so tired walking from class to class, I start breathing fast and heavily and feel like hell. My tummy has gone sooo big that I am terribly ashamed of myself as i don't fit in my clothes anymore. I don't even fit into my XL size winter clothes or my shoes. I often feel exhausted, lazy, lonely and well... I've just begum to despise myself. But that's not a huge problem as I don't believe I suffer from serious depression. I know this will be all gone once I've begun to lose weight... which I haven't had the oppurtunity to experience in YEARS. I have a very nice face, hair and skin and it's a shame that my only problem physical appearance wise is my weight.. especially my tummy. I know the main reason behind the weight gain must be my exceeding consumption of ice cream every single day, apart from chocolate but since I hate the food, I find that to be the only remedy to my growing hunger. My ice cream thing is a huge problem. My dorm dining hall has a free ice cream machine and we could eat how much we want and that doesn't help as I have low resistance to indulgence. I eat at least a glass of ice cream almost every single day, sometimes it's much more than that. I also eat a lot of cakes and chocolate and that seems to me the only stuff that keeps me happy foodwise. I think their vegetables taste awful and since I never eat fruits with the feeling that I am actually eating, I remain hungry afterwards. I might also be having gastric problems as I have the symtoms. I do eat very little otherwise.. two meals a day.

I work really hard all day and it's hard to accept that despite my increased physical exersion when compared to home, I am actually gaining weight instead of losing. I find PE class painful and just every sort of movement feels far harder to do than before. I took calc carb 30 a couple of months back (I've been home for summer vacation for the last three months) and my mom is telling me I did lose a bit of the fat I had gained there. I haven't taken much of it over the past month due to a cold but I am really concerned and I would like to lose my thigh (which is more than 24 inch per thigh circumference) and tummy fat as fast as possible, without the need to exercise outside of my daily activities. Please tell me if there is a remedy for my condition. I am also going back to the states and I would like to take a stock of the remedy that would last the next six months. Please advice me on how much I should buy. Thank you!

My Mom:
My mom is a very hard-working woman who constantly moves around. Recently she has lost a lot of the weight she gained after getting married into my dad's family (most people here are overweight, not from birth though) and she looks amazing. I know she has problems in her lower leg.. something about the gel between two joints getting dry. She finds it extremely painful to walk around, move while sleeping on bed. Another condition she has is her tooth. Recently, she has been suffering from a lot of toothache, specifically the back teeth on the upper portion. Not only that but her teeth have began breaking. A lot of them have old cracks and many of them just broke... bits kept falling of when she was eating. It's scary to look into her mouth.. it's as if someone had planted a land mine there. Most of her teeth are still intact and I'd like something to be done as soon as possible. I seek remedy for her leg and teeth condition. Please help.
 
  Kobita on 2008-08-24
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My mom also has a SEVERE problem with chest conjestion by cough possibly. She vomits a lot of cough... very impressive actually and she says it feels like there is a nozzle in her chest constantly letting replenishing her supply of cough. It usually picks up when she is lying down trying to sleep and the AC is on. We keep it on because when it's off I start coughing (common cold coughing, nothing chest related) from feeling hot. She says she can't breath.. and it scares me. She has been previously warned of developing asthma in the future but she didn't think much about it then. That was less than a year back I believe. She not only tries very hard to breath but whenever she does breath her chest makes this droning sound. I was wondering if there is any homeopathic remedy for this condition as well.

Also, to add to my fatness profile, my sugar level is normal and so is my thyroid. I was told that I was slightly anaemic however. My pulse rate was around 100 before I went to the US (when I used to sit around and not do any form of exercise...) but a few months after staying there it normalized and dropped to around 70 (despite the severe weight gain). I used to have it measured very frequently so I know this was gradual.
 
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