Friday, December 18, 2009

'Tis The Season For Santa To Shape-Up, Study Says

"Santa Claus needs to lose weight, cut down on the mince pies and brandy and swap his reindeer and sleigh for a bicycle to become a healthier role model for children, an Australian public health doctor said. Dr. Nathan Grills, of Australia's leading Monash University, believes the current image of Santa promotes obesity, drinking and driving, speeding and a generally unhealthy lifestyle, and it would be better if he was depicted without his signature rotund belly. Grills' research on Santa, which he said was largely tongue-in-cheek but intended to raise awareness about public health, was published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal entitled ‘Santa Claus: A public health pariah?’ ...

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