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Should Santas in Malls be required to lose weight?

Should Mall Santas Lose a Few?

A mall in England has ordered its Santas to slim down before greeting children this holiday season. The mall will be running a month-long boot camp for overweight Santas who will be working there leading up to Christmas. Officials hope this will send a message to kids that while Santa's belly shook like a bowl full of jelly then, it's called abdominal obesity now and it's unhealthy.

I think it is a rather interesting concept. I am on the fence about how I feel about modernizing Santa. I mean I always loved Santa as much as the next kid, but I never personally had any aspirations to look like him.

What do you guys think about requiring mall Santas to lose a few pounds before the holiday season gets into full swing?


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frimpled frimpled 9 years
We give Santa cookies every year so that he can build up a layer of blubber. Santa needs his blubber to stay warm during the winter @the North Pole. Leave him alone. :(
ktacce ktacce 9 years
ya'll, how is he supposed to stay skinny when he goes on a 12 hour cookie binge each year? he's gotta stretch his stomach to get all of them in!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I think most mall Santas have another career...they're probably don't stay fat on purpose to be like Santa. So this is ridiculous...if they're fat, it's because they don't exercise. Maybe the malls should make all employees do this...nost just Santa. But, I agree...Santa is supposed to be jolly!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ummm I think it's their choice haha! It's not like my work is saying "loose weight", so I think it's a little unfair for the Santas having to loose weight. BUT healthcare is different in Britan (if you have seen Sicko) and that might be the reason why...
jaclynloro jaclynloro 9 years
Ridiculous. This reminds me of The Cookie Monster not eating cookies anymore. I'm all for keeping children healthy, but I believe there's a line between health and having kids have that self conscious moment when they realize that they can't be "fat." I think parent should just try to instill healthy values by eating healthy themselves and serving healthy meals. I think the whole "don't eat too many cookies" mentality takes away from the happy innocence of being a kid.
Peyote Peyote 9 years
Yeah, 'cause Santa's the one making us all fat!
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 9 years
I think this is really silly. It's Santa! No one is looking at Santa and thinking about the fact that he's overweight.
catander catander 9 years
I think the problem with this is not that the malls are mandating how their Santas should look, but that they are mandating the weight-loss for the health of the Santas, but because they think it will change the behavior of children. Even a child has overweight parents who do not teach their child about health and nutrition, whether or not Santa is overweight is not going to make any difference.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Political correctness sometimes goes TOO far and this is a good example. Who the heck cares if Santa is fat?? If they really wanted to be accurate, they should have Santa dress in the traditional suit...Santa was originally a tall slender old guy wearing a winter cloak until a cartoonist drew a figure that was chubby and wore a red suit. Then THAT became Santa to America. And for cryin' out loud, the whole "Ho ho ho" thing is so ridiculous. Some people actually laugh like that; do we go around telling them to stop?
adrianalimafan adrianalimafan 9 years
No one should be FORCED to lose weight. I'm amazed you don't LOVE this idea Fit because it sounds like something you would come up with.
lil11ro lil11ro 9 years
I think we are putting too much pressure on the santas this year. i also heard that santas are not allowed to say ho ho ho anymore?!?!?! Now they have to say ha ha ha. and lose weight... it seems to me this is not in the spirit of christmas. our children are going to know a different santa then we did... a laughing skinny one.
ley ley 9 years
people need to lose a few not some mascot of mythological creation
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
that's just going a bit too far...
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Santa should lose a few for his personal health reasons. LOL @ laura Ho HO HOO!
alllacedup alllacedup 9 years
First of all, we should be teaching kids that uniqueness- in hair color, skin color, eye color and yes size- is important. Secondly, we should stress health, not weight or "thin-ness". I don't think Santa should lose a few. He's happy the way he is!
AmyLizK AmyLizK 9 years
I truly don't think this issue is Santa-specific. I think we (internationally) should work to help everyone be healthy, lose weight, stop obesity, stop putting bad foods in the forefront. Santas can wear padding, no?
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
he's not supposed to be an example to kids, but more like a paternal/grandpa figure, with the white beard and all. And he's not supposed to be obese, just chubby! And like others say, I think most mall santas have pillows and not real belly fat
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I think it's O.K.....just put some padding in the costume! That way the traditional image of Santa is still there, but the guys dressing up are healthier.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
people are nuts. do kids go around trying to grow white beards??? no! wtf?
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Hmmm, this is stupid! I also heard that people(I don't remember who) are trying to get Santa to forgo the whole "Ho, Ho, Ho" saying too. They want him to say "Ha, Ha, Ha" instead! They think that saying Ho, Ho, Ho is derogatory towards women. In my opinion, if you are offended by that, then you're a ho.
number6_ed number6_ed 9 years
I think this is silly. And I'm not positive, but I don't think the guys who play the mall santas are overweight are they? I'm pretty sure they have a big old pillow in there or something?
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
ugh. no, santa should stay jolly and chubby. he is NOT obese.
alex_289 alex_289 9 years
"Look at Santa! He's so skinny now! I want to be just like him!" I can really see that coming out of a kids mouth. I mean, who doesn't want to be like Santa! "sarcastic tone"
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
This is pretty ridiculous... Santa was never obese or anything! Haha. Just chubby and jolly.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
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