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Micronutrient deficiency and the prevalence of mothers' overweight/obesity in Egypt.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17449338     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
I examine the relationship between micronutrient deficiency and the prevalence of mothers' overweight/obesity in Egypt using the 1997 Egyptian Integrated Household Survey. The ordered logit results show an overlap between micronutrient deficiency and the prevalence of mothers' overweight/obesity in Egypt. The odds of being overweight/obese are 80.8% higher for micronutrient deficient mothers than for non-deficient mothers, keeping all other variables constant. These results have at least two interesting policy implications. First, as the potential impact of the interaction between micronutrient deficiency and chronic diseases is not well known, the coexistence of micronutrient deficient and overweight/obese women can raise new and serious public health problems in the country. Second, the Egyptian food subsidy program, which lowers the relative prices of energy-dense, nutrient-poor food items, can be one of the major factors for the emergence of overweight/obese and micronutrient deficient mothers in the country. Changing the orientation of the food subsidy program may help to simultaneously address this double burden of mothers' malnutrition.
Abay Asfaw
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-03-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Economics and human biology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1570-677X     ISO Abbreviation:  Econ Hum Biol     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-06     Completed Date:  2008-02-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101166135     Medline TA:  Econ Hum Biol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  471-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC 20006, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Egypt / epidemiology
Food Supply / economics*
Maternal Welfare*
Micronutrients / deficiency*
Nutritional Status*
Obesity / epidemiology*
Overweight / epidemiology*
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
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