- For almost 20 years, the most common ailments are those related to poor nutrition.
- Malnutrition has negative consequences from pregnancy to child development, mainly in the first two years of life.
- The application of the General Law of Adequate and Sustainable Food would help to create a healthy and socially just food system.
General morbidity and mortality statistics in Mexico indicate that about 12 percent of the population, particularly in rural areas, has nutritional insufficiency, anemia, protein deficit, and micronutrient imbalances. This is a serious problem that must be addressed at its root and for this reason a Food Lawaffirmed the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez.
Before members of the Social Development and Legislative Studies commissions, he pointed out that a law is necessary for the creation of a healthy, socially just and productive food system that, in addition to addressing the problems of insufficiency in the matter, allows progress in compliance of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Organization (UN).
Proposal for the first General Law on Adequate and Sustainable Food
In the forum on General Law of Adequate and Sustainable FoodLópez-Gatell Ramírez announced that the Malnutrition has negative consequences from pregnancy to child development, mainly in the first two years of life.
Nutritional deficiency affects the psychomotor, neurological and intellectual development of people. Adequate nutrition from gestation has an impact on good health throughout life and not only in the first years.
About 12% of the population in Mexico has nutritional insufficiency
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He stressed that extensive modifications are required in all facets of the food system and structural changes in the economy, social relations, production models, marketing and access to food.
What does the General Law of Adequate and Sustainable Food propose?
The Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion considered that the bill promoted by the Senate has broad objectives to promote, protect, respect and guarantee the effective exercise of adequate nutrition.
He recalled that, for almost 20 years, the most common illnesses that affect the Mexican population, such as obesity, diabetes, chronic liver disease, and eating disorders are all linked to poor nutrition.
The director of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Simón Barquera Cervera, maintained that this General Law of Adequate and Sustainable Food It is a sign of commitment and consistency with the needs for transformation of the food system in Mexico.
Marketing, economic interests and the influence of the junk food industry They are the great motors of the consumption of the Mexican population that generate health problems.
To strengthen actions in the matter, he announced that international experts will evaluate the food policies that are undertaken in each country, and that have to do with food security, quantity and quality of diets, environment, nutrition, social equity and inclusion. . The report will be published annually.
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