Mexico may soon tax junk food: Bill to tax high-calorie food, drinks headed to senate

Mexico may soon issue a tax on junk food.

 A proposed law would tax high-calorie foods -- items 275 calories or more per 100 grams -- 5 percent of the price. In addition chewing gum would be taxed 16 percent and soda would cost about 8 more cents per liter.

The Los Angeles Times reports that 32.8 percent of adults in Mexico are obese. In addition, one of the leading cause of deaths are obesity-related diseases. In comparison, the obesity rate in the U.S. is 31 percent.

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