Santa Claus is your typical jolly old man. He likes a drink to take the edge off the cold, and his belly reflects years of Christmas cookies.

But a study by Monash University public health expert Dr. Nathan Grill found that Santa’s indulgences could be promoting obesity and wild ways, including speeding, roof surfing and chimney jumping.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, said the jolly old elf should promote a more healthy lifestyle.


The study suggests more reindeer food for Santa, like carrots and celery, and says he should wear a seat belt or a least a helmet while he’s out in his sleigh.

“I wouldn’t go as far as saying that Santa causes obesity — it’s more about raising wider issues around advertising and public health,” Grill told News Limited.

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