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Obesity is a major public health issue in Egypt and its repercussions are not only limited to the health dimension but also extend to affecting the productive capacity of the citizens. This adversely affects the overall fundamentals of the Egyptian economy. Moreover, there is a current political interest in promoting the health and well-being of the citizens which is reflected in the recent 100 Million Seha massive campaign that measured the weight and height of millions of Egyptians.

By applying the decision-making rule which has to do adhere to the equity, administrative, and political criteria, we recommend adjusting the Egyptian subsidy system and making use of the medical centers. Solving tackling obesity requires intensive efforts at the level of the state, the regional community, and even the international level. Utilizing the current resources of the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade is considerably convenient for controlling and preventing obesity in Egypt. The proposed recommendation, which is adjusting the Egyptian subsidy system, primarily depends on the role of the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade in securing healthy food items in the ministries’ different distribution channels, along with providing healthier variants in the list of subsidized goods.


Obesity, Combating Obesity, Public Health, Public Policy, Egypt


The paper is published by The Public Policy Hub - GAPP School (AUC), established in 2017:

Laila El Baradei (PI), Shahjahan Bhuiyan (Co-PI), Mohamed Kadry (Program Manager), Waleed El-Deeb (Senior Specialist), Ghadeer Ibrahim (Senior Outreach and Communications Specialist).

Faculty Advisor

Noura Wahby

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