Oaxaca, a state in Mexico has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children to curb obesity in Mexico.
The bill was recently approved by Oaxaca’s Congress which aims to improve child health due to the high rates of diabetes and obesity in Mexico.
“It’s important to finally put the brakes on this industry, which has already sickened our country and our children,” Magaly López Domínguez, the Oaxaca lawmaker who presented the bill more than a year ago said.
She continued; “The industry gets into the most remote corners of the state” – known for its mountainous topography – “where there’s often not even medicines, but there’s Coca-Cola.”
“This health emergency makes it even more evident the damage caused by the consumption of these sugary drinks,” López Dominguez said added. “Its approval was timely.”
Mexicans have long struggled with high rates of obesity and diabetes.
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