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Stop Hawking Pepsi to America's Kids!
  • Petitioned Michelle Obama

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First Lady of the United States
Michelle Obama

Stop Hawking Pepsi to America's Kids!

    1. Nancy Huehnergarth
    2. Petition by

      Nancy Huehnergarth

      Chappaqua, NY

Beyoncé, the multi-talented megastar and celebrity spokeswoman for Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to improve children’s nutrition and fitness, signed a $50 million deal to endorse Pepsi.  Talk about sending mixed messages to America’s kids!

Beyoncé owes it to her fans, particularly the legions of kids who view her as a role model, to use her fame to promote healthy lifestyles, not soda.

Tell Beyoncé to stop marketing soda to America’s youth and ditch her deal with Pepsi.  If she can’t break her contract, she should donate her Pepsi earnings to diabetes clinics and programs that help prevent childhood obesity. Beyoncé should also step down immediately as a spokeswoman for Let’s Move.  You can’t be a role model for nutrition and health while hawking Pepsi to kids. 

When a celebrity like Beyoncé promotes soda, she is contributing to our nation's health crisis. Dozens of studies have found that increased consumption of soda and other sugary drinks are heavily linked to our nation's devastating childhood obesity epidemic. According to a fact sheet prepared by the Harvard School of Public Health:

-  For each additional 12 ounce soda children consumed each day, the odds of becoming obese increased by 60%.

-  People who consume sugary drinks regularly -- 1 to 2 cans a day or more -- have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

-  Soda consumption has also been linked to increased rates of heart disease and dental decay.

Also disturbing, Beyoncé is promoting a brand that regularly targets marketing to children, teens, African-American youth and Hispanic youth according to a study by the Yale Rudd Center.  Beyoncé has been given the gift of talent and fame.  She should use it more wisely.



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
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      Nancy Huehnergarth
      Petition organiser

      This is what Beyonce is pushing to our kids.

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      According to a Swedish study from Lund University recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , it takes a single daily can of soda to increase a man's risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent, compared to a man who never touches the stuff.

    3. Reached 200 signatures
    4. Dr. Maya Rockeymoore: Why I Won't Listen to Beyonce

      Nancy Huehnergarth
      Petition organiser

      You would have to be living in a bubble to have missed the news that Beyonce cut a reported $50 million deal with PepsiCo. Although the deal may meet Beyonce's and Pepsi's mutually-beneficial marketing needs, it does not serve the best interests of the U.S. public.

    5. Laurie David Talks Beyonce's Pepsi Deal on HuffPost Live

      Nancy Huehnergarth
      Petition organiser

      Environmentalist, food safety advocate and prolific HuffPost blogger Laurie David appeared on HuffPost Live Thursday afternoon to discuss her petition to the White House to retract Beyonce's invitation to sing at President Obama's second inauguration. David had been calling for the Obamas to disinvite her in light of her decision to sign a $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/laurie-david-huffpost-live_n_2499235.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. White House Takes Down Petition Critical of Beyonce's Pepsi Deal

      Nancy Huehnergarth
      Petition organiser

      The White House has taken down a petition from its “We the People” site that had called for the popstar to be “disinvited” from performing the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration ceremony because of her relationship with the soft drink Pepsi.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/wh-ditches-anti-beyonce-petition-86342.html#ixzz2ILvaCnXa

    8. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • William Stewart POWHATAN, VA
      • 11 months ago

      Big soda is exploiting the most vulnerable kids in the US. $150 billion industry cares about stock holder and not about poisoning children with cheap toxic chemicals (Big soda is the new mad scientist)..

      • about 1 year ago

      Girls look up to this hypocrite.

    • Wen Zhang FRISCO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Researches have proved again and again, that soda drinks, diet or not, causes negative effects in our health.

    • Laura Cornell OAKLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Beyonce ~ I love your music and videos. Why are you pushing pepsi on kids? My brother in law has diabetes, and still feeds pepsi to his daughter, my niece. Not cool!

    • Jessica Driggers CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I do not believe that we should promote products that are bad for us... especially to kids!


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