Centuries of sherry-drinking, consuming mince pies and dealing evening shifts may very well be placing Santa Claus at critical well being threat, in keeping with the Royal School of Common Practitioners (RCGPs) – an expert physique for docs within the UK.
With each home leaving carrots for his reindeers and mince pies and cookies for him, it’s doubtless Santa’s BMI is exceptionally excessive.
Weight problems can result in quite a few well being issues, similar to hypertension, diabetes, fatty liver illness, and most cancers, the RCGP mentioned in an announcement.
Because of his waistline, unhealthy weight-reduction plan, and alcohol consumption, it’s also potential that Santa Claus has developed gout – a painful joint situation brought on by the build-up of uric acid within the blood.
Santa Claus is understood for his tight black boots to assist him fight the snow, however with all his lengthy haul journey they may very well be damaging his blood vessels – though the exercise all through his journey will assist cut back his threat just a little.
It’s not identified if Santa has a companion at dwelling, so he may very well be liable to feeling lonely, they added.
Loneliness and social isolation could be simply as dangerous for his well being and wellbeing as having a persistent situation.
He additionally experiences quite a lot of work stress, in addition to sleep deprivation within the week main upto Christmas.
“Santa Claus embodies what must be the happiest time of the yr, and he’s cherished by kids all around the world,” mentioned Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the RCGPs.
“Though he units an excellent instance of fine behaviour and teaches the significance of giving moderately than receiving, he may most likely do extra to encourage wholesome existence – one thing children and adults alike can profit from,” mentioned Stokes-Lampard.
“Santa is sort of definitely dwelling with a number of morbidities, which, if left untreated, can turn out to be more and more distressing and debilitating,” she mentioned.
Having a tipple of sherry at each home around the globe in a single evening is a critical case of binge-drinking, which we all know is extremely harmful, in keeping with the consultants.
“We’re involved that through the years he’s doubtless developed a big dependancy. If left untreated, this might result in immune system dysfunction, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis or mind harm, to not point out dangerous pores and skin and powerful physique odour,” they mentioned.
“The human physique can solely course of one unit of alcohol per hour, which implies extreme consumption may make Santa drunk in a short time,” Stokes-Lampard mentioned.
“This not solely will increase the probability of him slipping within the snow or mixing up vital presents, however may additionally result in long-term points affecting his temper and psychological well being,” she mentioned.
“Within the meantime, I might advocate that Santa offers the sherry a miss this yr – and perhaps asks Rudolph if he can share his carrots,” she added.