Obesity about food ‘ignorance,’ Whole Foods CEO John Mackey says

Some took umbrage with John Mackey’s comments, noting that just because people have access to healthy food doesn’t mean they can afford it.

The co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods is raising eyebrows for stating that part of America’s obesity problem is people’s food choices due mainly to “ignorance,” not access to healthy foods. Critics fired back, saying healthy food options may not be affordable.

In an interview with the New York Times, John Mackey said Whole Foods, known for its health-conscious selections, has opened up stores in less affluent areas. But he indicated people are still choosing to eat higher-calorie, less-healthy foods. 

“It’s less about access and more about people making poor choices, mostly due to ignorance,” John Mackey said. “It’s like being an alcoholic. People are just not conscious of the fact that they have food addictions and need to do anything about it.”

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