Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Doctors order Santa to go on a diet

Father Christmas is at risk of serious illness because of his bulging waistline and needs to cut down on the mince pies, doctors warned today.

A survey of shopping centre Santas in Scotland revealed an average waist size of 47 inches - seven inches more than is considered safe.

Dr Miles Fisher, consultant physician at Glasgow Royal Infirmary said: "The image of Santa is of a round, jolly person and it is meant to be one of hilarity but if you have obesity around your tummy, then it is very bad for you."

"Before, we thought it was just not good to be overweight but now we know that having fat around your middle is particularly bad."

"That fat produces hormones, which have been associated with heart disease and other conditions."

According to health guidelines, having a waist circumference of more than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women is a key indicator of abdominal obesity.

It is associated with a greater risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetes. And people who have rounder stomachs, known as "central obesity", are more at risk than people who are merely overweight.

Perhaps Santa should consider cutting back on the sherry as well.

(Taken from here after hearing about the story on a local radio station called The Wave).


Deanna said...

Poor Santa. It's not his fault all those kids leave him cookies and milk!

AliceKay said...

I agree with Deanna. Poor Santa. It's not his fault. He doesn't want to disappoint all those kids so eats the cookies and drinks the milk.

Tori_z said...

Yep, poor Santa... Does what he can to please everyone in the world, and the doctors are on his back about his weight issues. Don't suppose it occured to them it might be a sensative subject for him?

LadyStyx said...

The kids need to be instructed to leave low fat graham crackers and skim milk. Still not great, BUT a better option ;)

Tori_z said...

Good idea, Styxie. ;)

Intense Guy said...


Lets see.. 8 billion people... maybe 2 Billion are children that leave things out -

2.2 children per house -

900 million snacks each Christmas eve - I don't think lowfat is gonna help much! LOL!