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What do you think when you see Serena Williams, LeBron James, or another professional athlete on TV or in advertisements? You probably think these elite individuals are the epitome of healthful living—they surely eat right, and they are obviously in top physical shape.

So it's ironic that these same athletes make money endorsing unhealthy products, from McDonalds to Oreos to Coke. Perhaps the most insidious product celebrity athletes endorse, however, is sports drinks.

Sports drinks, like Gatorade and Powerade, are designed for hardcore athletics—more than an hour's worth of physical activity. They are filled with electrolytes that are lost during heavy exercise, like potassium and sodium. However, they are also loaded with sugar.

And the sales of these beverages have been rising. In essence, people have been turning away from sugary sodas because they're unhealthy—instead picking up sports drinks, thinking they're healthier. And while sports drinks are less calorie-laden than traditional sodas, they are still packed with sugars.

With celebrity athlete endorsements of sports drinks, this illusion of healthfulness is likely to continue. And children and teens are highly vulnerable to it because they are most likely to see these ads, according to a 2010 study.

This needs to end. People have gone to great lengths to prevent childhood obesity by eliminating, or moderating, traditional sodas; all of that progress could go out the window if these marketing tactics go unchecked.

Sign below to tell the Federal Trade Commission that professional athletes should no longer be able to endorse sugary sports drinks!

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Dear Federal Trade Commission,

Thanks in part to public education initiatives, sugary sodas, a significant contributor to the obesity epidemic, have dropped in sales. People are realizing they are unhealthy and cutting, if not eliminating, their consumption of these products.

However, another beverage threatens American health: sports drinks. And professional athlete endorsements inflate this threat, as they are role models for healthy living.

While sports drinks may be appropriate for some extreme athletes, marketing often reaches those who don't need or could even suffer from the product: children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children rarely, if ever need sports drinks to rehydrate and restore electrolytes during exercise, especially since these sports drinks contain such a high sugar and calorie content.

However, many consumers believe sports drinks are a healthy beverage option, perhaps partly due to professional athlete endorsement. This idea is an illusion, and we must bring it to an end.

Therefore, we ask that you outlaw the use of celebrity athlete endorsements for sports drinks. The public, especially children, should not be receiving mixed messages from healthy role models.


Petition Signatures

Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 22, 2017 Heather Carlyle
Nov 18, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Nov 4, 2017 Maria Simao
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 23, 2017 Jennifer Annable
Sep 27, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 16, 2017 Barbara Skinner
Sep 12, 2017 Isabel Berning
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 9, 2017 Heather Halloran
Sep 9, 2017 Darlene Brooks
Sep 9, 2017 Valerie Baksa-Cato
Sep 8, 2017 Sara Bakker
Sep 8, 2017 Kim Zwicker
Sep 8, 2017 Linda Kehew
Sep 7, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 7, 2017 sirena green
Sep 7, 2017 Débora Camilo
Sep 7, 2017 Carmen Rodriguez
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2017 Fern Swecker
Sep 7, 2017 Susan Wilson
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Sep 7, 2017 alysa waring
Sep 7, 2017 January Parker
Sep 7, 2017 Stephen Baranowski
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Sep 4, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Sep 4, 2017 elizabeth cano
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Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 21, 2017 Cassandra Hill
Aug 20, 2017 Ana Alvarez
Aug 18, 2017 Vitor Costa
Aug 16, 2017 Ashley Decker
Aug 14, 2017 Tracy Arentsen
Aug 14, 2017 Jeanine Smegal
Aug 14, 2017 Sue Brady
Aug 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2017 Mary Baker
Aug 13, 2017 Amy aulsberry
Aug 13, 2017 Ivy Slater
Aug 13, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Aug 12, 2017 Daniel Abbott
Aug 12, 2017 mindy bradburn
Aug 12, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Aug 12, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Aug 12, 2017 CAROL OZOUF

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