Monday, August 17, 2009

Mackey's column creates call for boycott of Whole Foods

In this country if someone says or writes something that you don't agree with, rather than to argue the merit of the points made that are right or wrong, it can create a call for a boycott which is exactly what is happening in some parts of the internet. If you read the below post with Mackey's opinion piece, his belief that we as Americans are part of the problem with our diet and our increasing fatness is part of what has made some call for the boycott.

It's also interesting to note that the reporting on the boycott is making more news/blog posts than the initial article...

While Mackey was a bit too simplistic in his one paragraph that seems to have created the most ire:

Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

The problem is though while of course not all people with cancer or diabetes can prevent it, some can so that paragraph is not totally inaccurate. It's a bit ironic that one of the stores known for healthy foods is being boycotted for making a statement that basically confirms their belief that if people ate healthier, they would be healthier.

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