Whole Foods CEO under fire after saying the solution to health care is to change 'lifestyle and diet'


Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is facing criticism after making controversial statements regarding American health care.

The 67-year-old businessman spoke to host Stephen J. Dubner in an interview on “Freakonomics Radio,” according to CNBC.

To hear the full interview, listen to Freakonomics Radio on the RADIO.COM app.

"I mean, honestly, we talk about healthcare. The best solution is not to need healthcare," Mackey said.

"The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle, and diet." he added. "There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be healthy and have a longer health span. A bunch of drugs is not going to solve the problem.”

During the interview, Mackey, who co-founded Whole Foods in 1980, reportedly claimed that 71% of Americans are overweight, while 42.5% are obese, according to People Magazine.

"Clearly, we’re making bad choices in the way we eat,” he said. "It’s not a sustainable path. And so, I’m calling it out.”

Mackey’s comments have been met with backlash by some on social media, with many Twitter users pointing towards serious medial conditions that are unaffected by diet and exercise.

In 2009, Mackey advocated against the Affordable Care Act by posting an editorial to the Wall Street Journal titled, “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare,” according to People Magazine.

"Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health," Mackey wrote. "This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health."

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