So says Santa Claus himself, or at least a former Catholic priest who changed his name to Santa Claus and wrote the St. Nick slim-down book, The Santa Diet: A Complete Diet for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Health (Cafe Press).
Claus created the diet which consists of healthy fruits, veggies, and exercise to set an example for kids, and switched himself from milk and cookies to less fatty fare like soy to slim down.
He thinks too many kids are suffering from childhood obesity, a fact he blames on the real Santa.
He says, Having a heavy Santa Claus sends a message that its okay to be overweight, and its not.
Claus believes tots use Kris Kringle as an excuse to chow down on junk like milk and cookies, which results in chunkier children with health problems.
He recommends that parents inform their kids that the real St. Nicholas was actually thin, so they should aspire to look more like that.
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