MEXICO CITY – Some 52 percent of Mexicans have reduced their consumption of sugary drinks in 2014 in the wake of the imposition of a new tax on soft drinks, the National Obesity Survey found.
Some 98 percent of respondents said consuming soft drinks contributed to obesity and caused people to get diseases like diabetes, the survey, prepared by the Alliance for Food Health, or ASA, said.
Seventeen percent of respondents said they consumed more than three liters of soft drinks a week this year, down from the 25 percent who drank this amount in 2013.
Some 49 percent of respondents said they rarely drank processed juices, or 13 percent more than last year.
Respondents identified lack of exercise as the No. 1 reason people were overweight, followed by eating junk food and consuming soft drinks, the survey found.
“Consumers are becoming aware of the fact that drinking soda and sugary beverages is bad,” said the ASA, made up of non-governmental organizations concerned about the number of overweight and obese people in Mexico.
Mexico is the country with the second-largest number of obese adults, trailing just the United States, and has the largest number of overweight children.
The National Obesity Survey polled 1,500 adults across Mexico in early August.