The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was against a proposal by the senators of his own MORENA party to significantly increase taxes on junk food and soft drinks and instead use information campaigns and betting.
“People’s health cannot be traded,” the president said Wednesday, declining that manufacturers of these products could sell them if they pay more taxes. “I disagree,” he said, defending that “the government should run nutritional information campaigns,” said Bloomberg.
Recently, lawmakers in the states of Tabasco and Oaxaca approved bans on junk food for children in the past few weeks, while several more states are restricting sales of these products as the coronavirus exposed the scope. Obesity-related diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
López Obrador and Undersecretary of State for Health Hugo López-Gatell have said poor diet helped exacerbate the outbreak in Mexico. On the same Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said that of the 610,957 confirmed cases, 24.48 percent correspond to patients suffering from obesity.