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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/ch...th-expert.html

    Santa promotes obesity and drink-driving, claims health expert

    Traditional images of Santa Claus set a bad example and could promote obesity and drink-driving, a public health expert has warned.

    Dr Nathan Grills from Monash University in Australia said the idea of a fat Father Christmas gorging on brandy and mince pies as he drove his sleigh around the world delivering presents was not the best way to promote a healthy and safe lifestyle among the young.

    Writing on bmj.com, Dr Grills said: "Santa only needs to affect health by 0.1 per cent to damage millions of lives."

    He said the image of a healthier Santa could be very effective in promoting a positive message about diet and lifestyle to the young.

    Dr Grills carried out a review of literature and web-based material to assess Santa's potential negative impact on public health.

    The investigation revealed very high Santa awareness among children, with children in America stating he was the only fictional character more highly recognised than Ronald McDonald.

    Dr Grills also claimed the image of Santa was often used to promote unhealthy products such as soft drinks.

    He wrote:"Like Coca-Cola, Santa has become a major export item to the developing world."

    While Santa is now banned from smoking, images of him enjoying a pipe or cigar can still be found on Christmas cards.

    Father Christmas could also potentially promote drink-driving, argued Grills, referring to the tradition of leaving Santa Claus a brandy to wish him well on his travels.

    And in a further blow to one of the central symbols of Christmas, Dr Grills claimed Santa also had the potential to spread harmful diseases.

    "If Santa sneezes or coughs around 10 times a day, all the children who sit on his lap may end up with swine flu as well as their Christmas present," he said.

    The study can be found here.
    Not good. Santa is even worse than God, but then again, it seams like they have teamed up.

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    omg - is nothing sacred?

    I can't believe it. Well yes I can I guess, lolol. Hopefully everyone ignores the man. Ugh.

    I suppose if Santa is sick, he ought to stay home like everyone else.

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    we always left milk and cookies for santa. never heard of leaving brandy.

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    We always left buttermilk and cookies. We must have been really dense...my father was the only person I knew (other than Santa) who drank buttermilk!

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    Buttermilk has most of the fat removed, so it was a good thing.
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    I wish Santa had known about the brandy when my kids were small...

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    Bah, Humbug!

    Surely this is someone's twisted sense of humor unleashed. You would think a university professor would have more of a life. Good thing I'm not paying to have this nit wit teach my children.

    It's Christmas time. Enjoy the season. Be amazed at the wonderment of children on Christmas morning.

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    Santa promotes obesity and drink-driving, claims health expert.

    ........ and a very Merry Christmas to all our readers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfbdorf View Post
    i wish santa had known about the brandy when my kids were small...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    We always left buttermilk and cookies. We must have been really dense...
    As for dense KLD, -you know hot buttermilk and the chocolate in cookies, blends and mix perfect with Brandy

    my father was the only person I knew (other than Santa) who drank buttermilk!

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    It is good to know you're father could have had somethhing secret you as a perfect nurse would'nt know all about I wish you a nice Christmas KLD.

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