According to Martí Batres, this initiative is very important in the current context as numerous scientific studies have shown that 70% of those who have died from COVID-19 had some kind of pancreatic injury.
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The Senate of the Republic unanimously approved the new reforms of the General Education Act this Thursday. According to this, the sale of junk food in and near schools is prohibited. The opinion has also already been sent to the Chamber of Deputies.
Through a virtual session, this initiative received a total of 109 votes. This is the reform of Article 75 of the General Education Act. This could result in sanctions being imposed on educational service providers who do not adhere to the new guidelines.
The aim is to stop promoting the sale of junk food because it is low in nutritional value and high in calories (as well as other substances harmful to health for children and adolescents).
Because of this, school cooperatives and the surrounding area must adhere to nutritional practices and the official Mexican standards issued by the Ministry of Health. The demands of the change include the inclusion of fruit and vegetables in school cooperatives and the inclusion of local products that are beneficial to health.
The Effects of Eating Junk Food During the Pandemic
During his speech, Senator Martí Batres found that this reform was very significant in healthcare, especially in the current pandemic context. This is due to the fact that, as he affirmed, numerous scientific studies have shown that 70% of those who died from COVID-19 had an injury related to the pancreas:
“In other words, the consumption of refined and super-refined sugar and junk food is having a serious impact on the extent to which this pandemic is deadly,” the president said. He also recalled that Mexico currently ranks first in the world for soft drink consumption and childhood obesity.