In Mexico, the government introduced a tax on imports. I know this doesn't seem like a big deal, but for Coca-Cola it was HUGE. This meant that they would have a harder time selling their product to their favorite soda-sipping country.
Check this out:
In fact, Mexicans drink more soda than nearly anyone else in the world; their top three daily sources of calories in 2012 were all high-calorie drinks. Mexico also has by far the world’s highest death rate from chronic diseases caused by consumption of sugary drinks – nearly triple that of the runner-up, South Africa.
Yikes. And this isn't the only place it's happening. Check out this fabulous documentary trailer about the problem...
So how do we fix that?
Education is a huge piece of public health. The more we invest in educating our children about their health, parents about helping their childrens' health, and so on, the better and healthier we will be.
We don't have to regulate anything to be educated. We just have to have more programs, and get people talking.
Education isn't enough.
Fun Fact: "Virtually every government panel on fighting obesity includes Coca-Cola, and often other food companies." Stated an article in the Guardian.
When it comes to food and accessibility, if we can get coke and a cake at a lesser price than fruit...then we will. And that's a government issue. We should be promoting cheaper heathly
Also, sugar is addictive, and in poorer countries or regions where cheap food is also soda and Little Debbie cakes, what do you think we are going to pick?
Sounds a lot like giant tobacco companies if you ask me. And if we allow that to happen in our countries, it could mean an epidemic.