President tells Mexicans to exercise to fight obesity

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during the XXIII Ibero-American Summit, in Panama City, on October 19, 2013President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a campaign against Mexico's obesity epidemic on Thursday, urging his countrymen to exercise more as Congress passed special taxes on junk food and sodas. With seven in 10 adults either overweight or obese, Pena Nieto called for a "change of culture," saying Mexicans should walk more, climb stairs and exercise at least one hour every day. "We can't keep our arms crossed in front of a real overweight and obesity epidemic. The special taxes were approved by Congress despite heavy lobbying from the food and drink industry, which warned that the levies would do little to alleviate Mexico's weight problem while hurting the economy.