The nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Margo Wootan, says that she is a huge fan of Lady Obama's Let's Move campaign but doesn't think that Shaq is the right athlete to promote it when his face is literally plastered all over large, sugary cream soda cans in nearly every grocery store. Each can contains 270 calories and 17 teaspoons of sugar, geared toward kids and teens.
In the recent past, Shaw has publicly claimed that he stays away from soda as much as possible and eats a healthy diet. It just doesn't seem appropriate to include athletes endorsing junk food, and unhealthy drinks in an anti-obesity campaign aimed at improving the lives of children and getting them up off the couch and outside to play.
In January, health advocates also sat in protest at allowing Beyonce, another prominent contributor to the Let's Move campaign, sing at the inaugural ball and participating in the campaign because of her $50 million, multi-year campaign with PepsiCo. Wootan shares that she doesn't feel that it is right for these celebrities to have it both ways and participate in the photo shoot and campaign with the First Lady one day and promote their diabetes inducing junk food products the next day.
Do you think it's fair that Shaq and Beyonce can promote unhealthiness and exercise at the same time, with the First lady's backing no less?