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Rapid response to:

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

Rapid Response:

Obese Santa

Our Nation’s attention was drawn, via our National Press, to a study published in your Journal warning that Santa is a bad role model for children, ‘Santa promotes a message that obesity is synonymous with cheerfulness and joviality!’
Please be advised that here in the Antipodes a gaunt, anorexic old man with long grey hair and beard is always considered a vagrant, regardless of address or wardrobe.
Best keep the weight on.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 December 2009
Guido P. Haakmeester