Mexico is putting restrictions on junk food as coronavirus-related deaths in the country continue to rise. States across the country are proposing and approving bans on junk food sales to minors. There are also restrictions on the sale of sugary bottled drinks, according to the New York Post.
The bills are being put in place “to guarantee our children and youths a healthier diet and to fight obesity and excess weight.” Many states ban sales to minors unless their parent or guardian is present and approves.
What sparked the ban is an increase in the young coronavirus death toll across the country which has been linked to childhood obesity.
High blood pressure and obesity were the top underlying causes linked to the coronavirus states in the country, with diabetes following as a close third.
The Mexican state of Tobasco is the latest to approve a ban which “prohibits the sale, distribution, giving, supply or donation of bottled sugary drinks, carbonated sugary drinks, sweets and snacks prepared with mainly refined carbohydrates and solid vegetable fats that contain transfats.”
Mexico has confirmed more than 537,000 cases of COVID-19 with over 58,480 deaths.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5 million confirmed cases and 163,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.