Eating Fast Food Makes You Look Like An Athlete?

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Professional athletes in most sports often advertise unhealthy food or drink items. These are some of the most physically fit human beings in the world, yet they advertise some of the most unhealthy things to eat and drink.

According to, Drew Brees makes over 11 million dollars a year in endorsements alone, and Lebron James makes an astounding $42 million  a year in endorsements. Big name players like the Saints quarterback Brees and Miami Heats Lebron James are often figures looked up to by many people. This should mean that these star players should not endorse things that aren’t healthy, right? To be fair, not all of their endorsements are unhealthy. Many of their endorsements have nothing to do with food at all, like Brees’ commercial for NyQuil cold medicine.

But then these star athletes endorse things like McDonalds, Oreos, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola. I doubt that these players would ever say that these items are good without millions of dollars being thrown at them. If you wanted to be like your favorite player and you saw him/her advertise something like McDonalds or Pepsi, you would probably think those items couldn’t be all that bad for you if extremely fit professional athletes are promoting them, especially if you were a young kid.

The truth of course, is that most of these items should be a regular part of a healthy diet. Think about all of the Gatorade commercials. Not once in the commercials do the star athletes tell people that Gatorade should not be consumed without first doing some kind of physical activity.  Yet I know many people who drink Gatorade all the time. What they do not realize is that Gatorade is used to replenish fluids and salt levels in the body that are lost when you sweat. Also, Gatorade has a high sugar content. Without first doing physical activity–in fact hard enough to sweat–you only ingest useless salt, sugar, and other ingredients.

The biggest  company I see advertised by star players lately is McDonalds. Just about everyone knows about how bad McDonalds’ food is for your body, considering the amount of salt and fat in most of their menu, but there are some people who do not know exactly how bad it actually is. So if they saw a professional athlete support it, they might overlook the numbers. This also makes the professional athletes look bad. Obviously, these athletes don’t eat much at McDonalds, or Oreos, so I’m pretty certain they are doing it just for the money. I’ve never seen an athlete advertising water, yet that is most likely the only thing they ever drink other than protein shakes.

Do these athletes actually support what they advertise, or is it all for the money?  Everyone wants to make a good living, but athletes don’t just have a job.  They are role models for many people, and unless they are honest about their diets, they are only showing everyone that hypocrisy pays handsomely.