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January 27, 2010

WHOLE FOODS DISCRIMINATES AGAINST HEAVIER WORKERS

Jezibel - Several readers have alerted us to a new program whereby Whole Foods will offer steeper employee discounts to people with lower BMIs.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey explains the program in a letter. Apparently it's part of an initiative to reduce health care costs, which is interesting since Mackey is against the health care reforms that would actually reduce costs for all people.

Note that Mackey knows BMI isn't a perfect measure of health, but at least it's cheap. Even more fun, though, is the poster for the new Healthy Discount program, breaking down exactly what BMI range his minions need in order to get various discounts on his Tofu Pups.

If your BMI is above 30, you'll get to keep the original 20% employee discount, but you'll paying more than your thinner co-workers, who can knock as much as 30% off. Because if public health research has taught us anything, it's that reducing people's buying power totally makes them healthier. Stay classy, Whole Foods.


1 Comments:

Blogger Lars said...

He should try this with his customers and see how far it gets him. Besides, isn't this discriminatory? I assume a lawsuit would knock this right out of the water on unequal pay for equal work.

January 27, 2010 11:17 PM  

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