By Julian Hattem - 09/04/13 04:36 PM EDT
A consumer safety group is protesting Michelle Obama’s decision to enlist Shaquille O’Neal to promote her Let’s Move! anti-obesity campaign. [WATCH VIDEO]
The retired NBA star’s line of Soda Shaq Cream Soda drinks, created in collaboration with AriZona Beverages, makes him a poor pitchman for healthy living, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
“A celebrity like him shouldn't have it both ways: You can't do a photo-op with the first lady promoting exercise one day, and sell disease-promoting sodas the rest of the year,” the nonprofit health advocacy group said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Sugary drinks are one of the leading culprits behind obesity in kids and adults, and one of the most important messages coming out of an anti-obesity campaign should be for Americans to drink fewer sugary drinks,” the group added.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that the first lady would be appearing at a Washington elementary school this week along with O’Neal, track star Allyson Felix and gymnast Dominique Dawes.
Soda Shaq is available at 7-Eleven stores across the country.