In 21st-century Peru, where gastronomy and its autoctonous components represent a source of national pride, chronic child malnutrition reaches 18%, while 19.8% of children until the age of 16 are overweight or at risk of developing obesity. As a response to such problems, President Humala passed in May 2013 the Law of Promotion of Healthy Eating for Children and Adolescents", better known as the law against "junk food", to promote the suitable development of the country's youth. It is true that one law does not suffice to solve these problems, but hardly ever has a law on these issues been so controversial and generated so many passionate debates on the role of the State on advertising, consumption and family decision regulation. Motivated by these debates, here we offer a varied menu of reflections from various disciplines, not only on the above-mentioned law but also on health and nutrition in current Peru.
Download: Comida chatarra, Estado y Mercado (Junk Food, State and market)
Author (s): Schwalb, Maria Matilde /Sanborn, Cynthia A. (eds.)