Santa Claus is too unhealthy

An Australian scientist writing in the British Medical Journal thinks Father Christmas is a bad role model for children because he is very fat and drinks too much alcohol.

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Father Christmas should get off his sleigh and walk, lay off the mince pies and go easy on the beer and brandy, says research from the University of Monash in Melbourne. Santa Claus, it says, is one of the most widely recognised figures in the world, and it's about time he started looking after his health, because he's a terrible role model.

The traditional image of him as a jolly little man with a fat belly promotes the view that obese people are happy. The research isn't intended entirely seriously says Nathan Grills, the scientist behind it, but there's still a good point to make about public health.

Equally worrying he says is the vast amount of alcohol Santa consumes on his rounds. All the beer, brandy and sherry left out for him in a billion homes worldwide, it says, must mean he's in no fit state to drive his sleigh. In fact, says the research, he should abandon it altogether and find a healthier way to deliver presents - like jogging. If that wasn't bad enough, the study says Santa's habits warrant closer scrutiny. More research is needed, it says, before it pronounces him a true public health menace.

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get off his sleigh

kızaktan inmek

lay off

vazgeçmek, bırakmak

go easy on

azaltmak

a terrible role model

kötü örnek oluşturmak

belly

göbek

obese

obez

on his rounds

turları sırasında, Noel Baba'nın her yıl yaptığı gibi dünyayı ev ev dolaşması

he's in no fit state

bir şeyi yapmaya müsait durumda olmamak

warrant closer scrutiny

daha detaylı bir incelemeye muhtaç olmak

menace

tehdit ya da tehlike