Should Santa slim down?
Here's a topic about which I'm confident The Checkup readers will have opinions: According to this recent Washington Post article, there's a move afoot to urge Santa to slim down.
Not only is the jolly old elf too chubby for his own good, skinny-Santa advocates argue, setting him up for health problems such as heart attack, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, he's also setting a bad example for all those kids who look up to him.
Nobody knows exactly what the real Santa looks like. Historically, and still today in many traditions, he's of average weight or even thin. But we Americans have in the past century come to embrace the guy with the "little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly."
Okay, maybe that jelly-belly's not such a good thing. But honestly, what kid looks at Santa and decides he or she wants to look like him? Even subconsciously, do you think Santa, who shows up for just a short time at the end of every year, has any effect on anybody's weight?
As for his eating habits, well, maybe snacking on cookies and milk at millions of households in a single evening isn't the best example to set. But I don't know of any kid who has an opportunity for that massive a pig-out, do you?
I say leave Santa alone, and let him enjoy his milk and cookies. If parents feel they must, they can turn Christmas into a "teachable moment" and point out how lousy Santa's eating and exercise habits are. That ought to be festive....
Here's your chance to weigh in. Results of this poll will be delivered directly to the North Pole.
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