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Analysis Christmas 2009: Christmas Fayre

Santa Claus: a public health pariah?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 17 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5261

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Re: Santa Claus: a public health pariah?

Time has come to start thinking that there is more that one obesity. Obesity is an adipose tissue expansion and aesthetically might be out of fashion. However, in some cases being obese is an advantage in some chronic diseases. Therefore, the first think we should be doing is to define when obesity has to be treated. Let's not get ahead of ourselves...Santa may be a metabolically healthy obese.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 December 2012
JM Arbones-Mainar
Obesity Researcher
Hospital Miguel Servet. 50009 Zaragoza. Spain