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Industrialized food affects 300 thousand deaths a year in Mexico

Industrialized food affects 300 thousand deaths a year in Mexico

The leading causes of death in Mexico, and this is independent of COVID-19, are diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

600,000 Mexicans die every year and half of those deaths are caused by poor diet, said the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell.

At the evening press conference to report the figures and events around the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the official added that the responsibility for this poor diet is not only on people, but also on a “monstrous and monumental oversupply of industrialized food"That have four excesses: salt, fat, sugar and calories.

López Gatell explained that in Mexico, an average of 600,000 people die every year from all registered causes, 600,000, precisely in the last 10 years. Half of these deaths, that is, 300 thousand, are related to a poor diet, and the leading causes of death in Mexico, and this is independent of the COVID epidemic, are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease; cancer, liver failure, that is, chronic liver disease, and so on. So, half are due to causes attributable to a poor diet.

There are four elements - he added - that are particularly important: excess salt, excess fat, excess sugar and excess total calories. So, that is the situation that Mexico is facing at the beginning of the COVID epidemic and obviously it is the reality with which we must be working.

Next, the fragment in which López-Gatell spoke about the subject:

The age distribution in the population is considerably young in Mexico, when we compare it with European countries; for example, Italy, Spain, France, which have 50 percent of their population under 43 or 38 years of age.

In Mexico, half of the population is under 27 years of age, that is the average age. And that is a positive aspect as we have a younger population. Of course, when we talk about half the population, it is that the other half is also younger and it is a positive aspect regarding the coronavirus epidemic.

But we have a population with chronically deteriorated health, the magnitude of the epidemic of obesity, overweight, diabetes and with them a set of chronic diseases such as hypertension, which are associated with the same causes weighs us down, literally being overweight weighs on us , obesity weighs on us as a population and today we are facing a COVID epidemic with these prolonged ravages of poor diet.

I insist, poor diet is not a phenomenon that depends only on the will of individuals. Sometimes the individual is mistakenly attributed a responsibility for what he eats and how he eats, but in reality the root cause, the main cause, is what food is available, and in Mexico we have a monstrous and monumental oversupply of highly industrialized foods. low nutritional value and very high caloric power in the form of beverages or in the form of solid industrialized products.

To give you an idea and speaking of the size of mortality, in Mexico on average 600,000 people die every year from all registered causes, 600,000, precisely in the last 10 years, before they were 580,000, etc., but 600,000.

Half of these deaths, that is, 300 thousand, are related to a poor diet, and the leading causes of death in Mexico, and this is independent of the COVID epidemic, are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease; cancer, liver failure, that is, chronic liver disease, and so on. So, half are due to causes attributable to a poor diet.

And there are four elements that are particularly important and that is: excess salt, excess fat, excess sugar and excess total calories. So, that is the situation that Mexico faces at the beginning of the COVID epidemic and obviously it is the reality with which we must be working.

That is why we have said: our message is not exclusively for older adults. Let's go back to what we have said, that there are populations that due to their characteristics are more likely to become complicated and to die, and they are people who are older adults, we arbitrarily put 60 and more, pregnant women, let's not forget, pregnant women and people who have certain chronic diseases, which are precisely those that we comment every night: hypertension, diabetes, lung disease and chronic heart disease, chronic kidney failure, immunosuppression from any cause, which can be cancer, chemotherapy, the ravages of we medicate immunosuppressants, people who live with HIV and have had a deterioration of the immune system; And yes, indeed, they are populations with which we must be more careful that they are not going to become infected.

But I would also like to make the isolation measure clear. When we say: stay home, it's not just stay home if you have these situations, it's stay home everyone and everyone because that's a massive positive effect. To the extent that the majority of people are outside the public space, infections are reduced.

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