Do government food price policies affect the prevalence of obesity? Empirical evidence from Egypt uri icon

abstract

  • Obesity has become one of the most serious but neglected global public health problems especially in developing countries. I examine the impact of the Egyptian food subsidy program on mothers' weight. It is hypothesized that the program causes a wide disparity in per calorie costs between energy-dense and energy-dilute foods and thus aggravating the obesity problem. The estimated elasticities reveal that, mothers' BMI is inversely related to the price of subsidized, energy-dense food and directly to the price of a high diet quality but expensive food items suggesting that the program aggravates obesity by lowering the direct costs of becoming obese. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2007
  • 2007