In a drastic measure to curb public health, the Mexican state of Oaxaca announced that selling junk food to children will no longer be allowed.
Taxes on sugar-laden products have been implemented for years, but have yet to yield their desired results. While initial studies had shown a 5-6% decrease in soft drinks consumed across Mexico, Mexicans continue to consume more soft drinks than anywhere else in the world.
Oaxaca has the highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation. The state is the first to implement the law which will prohibit advertising and selling of processed sweets like cakes and soft drinks to those who are underage.
It’s also worth noting that those who are obese are more likely to develop severe symptoms of the coronavirus. With 75% of people over the age of 20 considered overweight in Mexico, the law’s timing feels particularly pertinent. Perhaps next they can ban these oils that no one should cook with, too.