Special talk about scientific evidence, advocacy and obesity prevention policy in Mexico

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For years now there has been strong debate around implementing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Mexico was successful in introducing this policy in 2013. Dr Rivera will provide context for this success, presenting how the National Public Health Institute (INSP) generated scientific evidence to foster public demand for the policy that was instrumental for approval of the SSBs tax in 2013. Moreover Dr Rivera will demonstrate the success of the policy since the introduction, the effect on purchasing behavior and increase in revenue.

The Mexican experience has demonstrated that collaboration between academia and NGOs can result in healthy policies.

Dr Juan A. Rivera: General Director of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and Professor of Nutrition at the Mexican School of Public Health.

Juan A. Rivera PhD is Executive Board member of International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), member of The EAT-Lancet commission, member of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, member of the American Society for Nutrition and, Board Directors´ Member of the Pact for Early Childhood. Also, he has been President of the Latin American Society of Nutrition (SLAN), he was founding director of the Center for Nutrition and Health Research at INSP, member of the World Obesity/Public Prevention Steering Committee and, member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE). 

Juan Rivera received his master´s degree and PhD in International Nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca. His lines of research are epidemiology of malnutrition in all its forms, study of risk factors of malnutrition, evidence generation to guide the design and the evaluation of policies and malnutrition and, obesity prevention programs as well non-communicable diseases. At present, he has more than 490 Scientific Publications (287 scientific articles, 136 book chapters, 67 books), he has made more than 690 presentations and conferences in national and international scientific events and, his work has been quoted in more than 19,100 times in different scientific journals around the world.

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