Tackling obesity: Mexico tackles obesity crisis with tough food labels

Avoid heavy sugar-laden foods.

As a Radiation Oncologist, I have an obligation to warn about preventive health care too! Obesity complicates cancer control and approaches. We are moving towards heavy sugar laden ultra-processed foods that wreaks havoc with the health. This is an excellent initial step to inform users and make them receptive about what they are ingesting.

Mexico pioneered the use of taxes on sodas and junk food in 2014, a policy that has since been adopted, with variations, in the UK and Portugal. But the government’s latest National Health and Nutrition Survey found diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol were all still on the rise.

More than eight out of 10 Mexicans including children aged one to four drank sugary drinks, the survey found.“The industry hasn’t realised that we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic in Mexico,” said Dr Juan Rivera, director-general of the National Institute of Public Health. “Seventy-five per cent of adults and 35 per cent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese . . . The state has a duty to protect public health.”

Mexico tackles obesity crisis with tough food labels | Financial Times

I realize the reason the “sugar-tax” is so “contentious” is because of the embedded lobbies. We should ignore the commotion and inform end users towards healthier behaviors.