Sweetgreen CEO called ‘fat-phobic’ for COVID obesity claims

Jonathan Neman, the CEO of salad chain Sweetgreen, has discovered himself tossed into controversy after showing to claim that the “root cause” of the COVID-19 pandemic is obesity and that society ought to ban sure meals in response. 

“78% of hospitalizations due to COVID are Obese and Overweight people,” Neman started his now-deleted LinkedIn post. “Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to? Is there another way to think about how we tackle “healthcare” by addressing the basis trigger?”

The article goes on to listing three factors — that COVID is endemic, that masks and vaccine mandates have been prioritized over “health mandates” and that obesity inflicting the pandemic ought to function an inspiration to create “a healthier future.”

And what does the chief of this restaurant chain promoting $15 salads imagine a more healthy future includes?

“What if we made the food that is making us sick illegal? What if we taxed processed food and refined sugar to pay for the impact of the pandemic? What if we incentivized health?” he proposed. “Repairing our food system could save us $2 Trillion a year in direct costs ($1T in Healthcare, $1T in Environmental Impact). OUR TIME IS NOW.”

LinkedIn commenters have been fast to level out that Neman seems to be shaming chubby people, who whereas certainly extra weak to COVID have been, for quite a few causes, arguably not its “root cause.”

“Yikes. This is incredibly fat-phobic,” wrote one senior supervisor of content material growth and self-reported “fan of Sweetgreen for years” in a remark considered by The Post earlier than Neman apparently deleted it. 

Critics of the put up called the Sweetgreen CEO “fat-phobic.”
San Francisco Chronicle through Gett

While Neman responded to acknowledge that the commenter’s criticism made “some good points,” he defended his authentic put up, writing that it “was meant to be a thought-starter on how we could think of health differently (instead of just sickness) and attack the root causes that are killing us beyond the one in the news every day (COVID).”

Twitter customers dragged the article even more durable.

“Sweetgreen CEO thinks his company’s expensive dry ass salads might help more with the pandemic than vaccines, masks and relief payments,” wrote Vice author Edward Ongweso Jr., who first reported the put up.

“I just ate a donut and I challenge Jonathan Neman to a die-off. First person to die loses. I’m giving him a ten year head start,” tweeted one other critic of Sweetgreen, which not too long ago utilized for an IPO.

Sweetgreen didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for remark. 

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