Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said Americans wouldn’t need healthcare if they ate better and lived healthier lives.
“I mean, honestly, we speak about healthcare. The simplest solution isn’t just to want health care,” Mackey told Freakonomics Radio on Nov. 4 and was first reported on Monday by CNBC.
“The best solution is to alter the way people eat, the way they live, the life-style, and diet,” he said. “There’s no reason why people should not be healthy and have a extended healthspan. A bunch of medicine isn’t visiting solve the matter.”
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey
Mackey dropped some pretty alarming health statistics that show Americans make bad health choices.
“71% of american citizens are overweight and 42.5% are obese. Clearly, we’re making bad choices within the way we eat,” he said. “It’s not a sustainable path. And so, I’m calling it out.”
The numbers also shed light on why the US has had a comparatively difficult time containing the virus pandemic because obese Americans are more in danger of contracting the infection.
To make matters worse, lockdowns and restrictions have led the foremost obese nation within the world, the US, to become ever more overweight. a couple of quarter of american citizens gained between five and ten pounds since the coronavirus lockdowns.
The reason for the “Quarantine 15” weight gain has been changes in diet, lack of standard exercise and a more sedentary lifestyle.
Mackey has been vocal about adult health for years. In 2009, he argued in an exceedingly WSJ op-ed that “the final thing our country needs could be a massive new healthcare entitlement.”
“This begins with the belief that each American adult is accountable for his or her own health,” Mackey wrote. “We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to form wise lifestyle choices which will protect our health.”
Suppose Americans listened to Mackey’s advice. Then how would big pharma make their billions of dollars from obese those that suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure?