Egypt’s New Eating Habits

Traditional Egyptian eating practices focus on seasonal ingredients, communal eating and avoiding waste—but a new set of habits is taking over, contributing to the scourge of stunting in the country. In this arid region rising food costs send Egyptians searching for cheaper options.

Egypt now experiences over 20% stunting among children; 35% of Egypt’s under-5s disease burden is due to malnutrition.

Health officials have analyzed and costed interventions, but communities are the key, says Sara Diana Garduno Diaz of the American University of the Middle East: policies “will remain useless unless they are accepted and implemented by the people.”

Inter Press Service

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