Health in All Policies to Address Obesity in Egypt

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Subject Area:Health Care

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By 1998, 45% of females residing in towns were obese while 20% of women in the rural dwellings were obese (Alebshehy 356). Since then, the cases of obesity have continued to rise daily due to the change of lifestyle among the citizens amongst other factors. The rates of obesity are arising because of the augmented feeding of starchy foods, oils and fats. The cultural view of fuller female bodies being better than skiny ones has also been a factor leading to obesity. Nonexistence of a culture of exercising after taking of foods full of fats and sugary foods also has led to the increased cases of obesity. The advertisements are done mostly on televisions and billboards on the highways and whose target is children who are easily lured into taking sugary foods.

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This policy has worked well in countries such as Australia after the adoption of the Health in All Policy where nearly two-thirds of the grownups and one out of four teenagers are either overweight or obese. Apart from that, obesity has been one of the major causes of death due to weight-related complications such as diabetes, heart attacks and the reproductive health problems. Moreover, the government has a great role to play in addressing obesity. This is because they are in a better position of making available healthier and cheap foods. Some of the ways they may use to alleviate obesity among their tenants include by extending an environmentally sustainable design that would provide their tenants with opportunities to exercise and eat healthily.

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Other prospects that the housing department can adopt may be reforming the front and backyards of all the public houses by planting vegetables and fruit trees along the beds. The rainwater obtained from the roofs of the houses is will then be used to water the plants. This will allow tenants living in public houses to obtain nutritious food in their backyard easily. To achieve the above-discussed approaches, there is a need to put emphasis on a system that would enable the execution of the strategy. Finally, an evaluation is carried out to establish the efficiency of the health lens in the reduction of the cases of obesity. Apart from working with the public agencies solely it is also vital to involve the private sectors as well as the non-governmental organizations.

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This has successfully worked in the Health in All Policies of South Australia and has greatly helped to improve the health of the population. Some of these organizations may offer to provide healthy food to the already obese people or support the training programs financially or by being involved to teach the public about the dangers of obesity. This can be done in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, The government since 2008 after the mention of the nutritional statistics in relation to obesity did not lay down its future plans on how it is going to deal with the issue of obesity. , et al. "Overweight and obesity in Australia: the 1999-2000 Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study (AusDiab). " Medical Journal of Australia 178.

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