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Hefty Mexico wants to slim down. Does Mayor Bloomberg have the answer?

Latin America's heavyweight champ is poised to add a 5 percent tax on junk food and soft drinks, and it has New York City's mayor to thank — or to blame.

Mexico's many junk food mavens will soon be plunking down more pesos to pack on the pounds. The lower house of congress has approved a 5 percent tax on fatty foods and soft drinks — a levy widely known here as the “Bloomberg tax,” referring to New York City's outgoing fat-fighting mayor — in an effort to combat a spreading obesity pandemic.

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