In Mexico, parliament amended the Child and Adolescent Rights Law, unanimously banning the sale of packaged high-calorie food and sugary drinks and the free distribution of such food and beverages in all public and private primary schools in the country. The sales of the products made with vending machines were also included in the scope of the ban.
Ana Lilia Herrera, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Child and Adolescent Rights, said in a statement that 38 percent of school-age children in Mexico are obese, adding that 7 out of 10 deaths due to Covid-19 are related to overweight or obesity-related diseases. Herrera stated that with the law amendment, their aim is to prevent and fight childhood obesity and to encourage healthy eating habits in children and adolescents attending primary schools.
Herrera pointed out that it is not possible to fight children’s problems such as malnutrition or obesity by only making a change in the law, and stated that more financial resources should be allocated for children’s health.