Changing the health culture in Mexico

It can become disheartening to read the statistics about Mexico: Seven in 10 adults are overweight or obese. One-third of children fall into the same category.[1]

Yet, there is promising news: the government is trying to help.

President Enrique Peña Nieto recently urged Mexican citizens to exercise an hour a day, walk more and use stairs. This is an important focus for the Mexican people, especially since weight has a big impact on health, and especially the heart.

Additionally, the government has started limiting “junk food” advertising that targets kids. On average, a child who watches two hours of television per day—which is typical in Mexico—will see more than 12,400 television commercials for high-calorie foods and drinks. Those ads influence how Mexican children relate to food and what they ask their parents to buy when they go to the supermarket. The new regulations will remove around 10,200 of those commercials.[2] My hope is that companies will instead promote healthier foods and drinks—or create healthier products to meet the new demand.

Mexican citizens also consume the highest rate of sugary soft drinks in the world.[3] The government recently passed a law taxing sugary drinks, and there’s already been a decrease in the amount of unhealthy beverages purchased in Mexico.

These changes make me hopeful. I’d like to see my country more focused on the basic principles of healthy living: a balanced, healthy diet rich in nutrition and regular exercise. Weight loss is an important first step.

Seeing all of this media reinforces the work Independent Herbalife members are doing in Mexico, helping spread the word about weight maintenance, heart health and other nutritional products. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important strategies in supporting the health of the heart. Herbalife not only supports weight loss (through Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix, for example) but also offers an entire cardio line to help strengthen the heart, which can support metabolism and help you get the most out of workouts.

We’re headed in the right direction. It’s going to take consistency in the message and support from Mexican citizens who are already living healthy lives. Many of those healthy individuals are people like you—Independent Herbalife members who have seen the power of a healthy weight, good nutrition and regular exercise.

So, share what you know about healthy living. Tell others about Herbalife. You never know how big of an impact you might have—you may even play a part in changing an entire country.

How are you helping change the health culture in Mexico?