Law · Legislation

Law For The Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and Eating Disorders in the Federal District


To provide a legal framework to develop mechanisms and tools to prevent and comprehensively address obesity, overweight and eating disorders, as well as to promote the adoption of correct eating and nutrition habits.


The regulation created the Federal District Program for the Prevention and Combating of Obesity, Overweight and Eating Disorder (in Spanish, “Programa del Distrito Federal para la Prevención y Combate de la Obesidad, Sobrepeso y Trastornos de la Conducta Alimentaria”) (Art. 4 and 5).

To manage the Program, the regulation established a Council (“Consejo”), composed of representatives of the Federal District (the Head of Government, the Secretary of Health, the Secretary of Education, a member of the Legislative Assembly) as well as three members of civil society and three members of the private sector, appointed by the Head of Government (Art. 6).

The regulation foresaw the creation of programs and educational campaigns, inter alia, to prevent eating disorders and encourage breastfeeding. For the purposes of FULL, the most notable innovations are the provisions on consumption of healthy food in educational establishments and the prohibition to distribute, market or promote the consumption of food and beverages with low nutritional value that contain high contents of refined sugars, salt, cholesterol, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. The regulation also prohibited the placement of any type of advertising of any product or brand of food with a considerable caloric density inside school buildings.

This regulation was amended several times, the last one in 2016. It was repealed by the Fourth Transitory Article of the Health Law of Mexico City in August 2021.