The Economist, in an article titled "One taco too many," reports on the country's new dietary interventions:
Enchiladas and other greasy national dishes are partly to blame. But foreign junk-food is piling on more pounds. McDonald's fries over 8,000 tonnes of potato a year in Mexico. The worst offender, according to Antonio Villa Romero of the medical faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is a plague of refrescos, or fizzy drinks. Sedentary lifestyles also contribute: Mexican schools lack playing-fields, and teachers say the crowded timetable (often with two shifts a day) leaves no room for sport.
The government has launched a national slimming campaign, led by an army of 535 trainers who are drilling a five-point exercise and healthy-eating plan into state education officials. Within five years, says Cuauhtémoc Mancha, who runs the programme, "we hope to see a new generation that drinks water rather than refrescos and prefers fresh meals to industrial food."
Read the full story at The Economist.