Junk food ban
The Mexican state of Oaxaca has made it illegal for shops to sell junk food – including sugary drinks – to kids, in an attempt to tackle childhood obesity. Mexico has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the world, and Oaxaca is the first state to make the decision to ban junk food sales entirely. The move also follows the news that overweight and obese people are more at risk of catching COVID-19. Shop owners caught selling junk food to children in Oaxaca now risk fines, having their businesses closed and even jail time. As the law was being passed in the state Congress, shopkeepers protested about it outside.