The sale and advertising of junk food in schools will be illegal, thanks to an anti-obesity law approved by Mexico’s senate 4 November with one vote against. Although the law has been passed, parts of it will go back to be reworked in committee before it goes to the chamber of deputies. Sellers of junk food and advertisers have been fighting the law, which they say is too restrictive.
The OECD says 70 percent of Mexican adults are overweight and 3 out of 10 are obese, according to the Economist. The OECD report says that 27 percent of primary school girls were overweight in 2006. The figures match closely those published by World Health Organization in Geneva.