In a country ravaged by diabetes and obesity, the indigenous Mexican population in some cases has easier access to soft drinks than drinking water. Mexicans consume the most sugary beverages in the Americas, with an average consumption per capita per year of 163L, according to a 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) report.

A childhood obesity specialist reported to the BBC that 10 percent of children aged 0 to 6 months are being given soda, and around 80 percent of two year olds drink soda. The WHO/PAHO report also indicates that in rural Mexico, 70 percent of children are given soft drinks with breakfast. Some adults from indigenous communities reported drinking 3L of soda per day.

 

Sources

El País

BBC

WHO/PAHO

http://mexicosalud.com/ieps-on-sugary-drinks-might-not-be-effective/

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