Obesity

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
England supermarkets to be barred from displaying unhealthy foods and drinks at checkout
England supermarkets to be barred from displaying unhealthy foods and drinks at checkout
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As part of a proposed government measure to tackle obesity, England's supermarkets could be barred from displaying unhealthy foods and drinks at checkouts or use them in "buy one, get one free"-offers, starting in April 2022.

"Finally, Downing Street is acting decisively with a bold first step to restrict the sale of junk food on multi-buy offers and at checkouts, and taking on one of the biggest threats to Britain’s future health – childhood obesity," so Action on Sugar chairman Professor Graham MacGregor.

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
State in Mexico bans sales of sugary drinks and junk food to children
State in Mexico bans sales of sugary drinks and junk food to children
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In order to fight high numbers of obesity and diabetes in children, the Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned all sales of junk food and sugary drinks to children.

According to the official health data of Oaxaca, the state is one in Mexico with the highest rate of obese children and has the second-highest rate in adults and ist the first Mexican state to enact such ban. The new law prohibits people from selling, distributing and promoting these unhealthy products to children. People breaking the law can face monetary fines and closure of the business. In repeated cases, they can also face jail time.