We know, we know, parents keep talking about unhealthy snacks and why we shouldn’t eat junk food. But there’s a good reason! Junk food plays a big role in how healthy we are, and it’s a possible explanation for serious health conditions, like diabetes and obesity. So what’s a country that’s dealing with these worrying health issues among kids meant to do about it? Sure, parents can tell kids to avoid junk food, but a state in Mexico went a tad further. Oaxaca, the state with the highest child obesity rate, recently passed a law to ban the sale of junk food to minors, including unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. The interesting part? Oaxaca might’ve started a trend. Following the idea, the state of Tabasco did the same, and the state of Chihuahua could follow too.
The law also applies to vending machines at schools in Oaxaca. Even though lawmakers were happy that the law passed, small vendors remain deeply unhappy. On the one hand, health advocacy groups say that opting for unhealthy snacks isn’t just a question of poor choices—these junk-food snacks are often too readily and widely available. On the other hand, vendors believe that consumers themselves should make their own choices, and the laws shouldn’t mandate who can sell what to whom.
What do you think?