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Santa should swap his mince pies and glass of brandy (or rum or wine) for a couple of Rudolf's carrots say public health experts at the British Medical Journal. He should opt for a bike or even walk and get rid of the sleigh and reindeer! We are told that the current image of Santa promotes laziness, drink-driving and speeding!
Dr Nathan Grills from Australia, claims that Santa offers a poor role model and should instead be promoting healthy living! His studies reveal that the persona of Santa is very influential and the most recognisable character in childhood. Because we suggest he drinks alcoholic beverages, this implies he is a drink driver and that clearly sets a bad example! Similarly the mince pies are a high fat, high sugar cake product - countries where Santa is popular are also the countries where childhood obesity is greatest. He adds that there's no seat belt on the sleigh and that Santa promotes fast driving!
Grills dressed-up as Santa to meet some children (lucky kids!) who offered hugs and kisses - even though some had runny noses, coughs and sneezes! Yes, you've guessed it, he claimed Santa was a source of spreading infection too!
So, what do you make of that?! I wonder if we should cancel Christmas all together because obviously the spread of germs, childhood obesity and drink-driving is all because of Santa!
Or perhaps we should look at the positive aspects, such as his spirit of geneorosity and impressive work ethhic, and teach our children what to eat, how to behave and a bit about road safely! We wish Santa, and the festive and cheery Mr Grills from Australia, a MERRY CHRISTMAS!