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Carlo Klemm

Childhood obesity worries Santa

November 17, 2008

by Cailynn Klingbeil

Calgary Herald.

Excerpt:

All Santa wants this Christmas is for kids to lose a few of those extra pounds.

It turns out the rising rate of childhood obesity isn't just worrisome for parents, it's also cause for concern for Santa's health.

So says Victor Nevada, a Calgarian who has played Mr. Claus for 23 years. He runs a four-day Santa School every year and has written a lengthy training manual for aspiring Santas.

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Nevada, 65, advises fellow Santas not to take such children on their knees for the sake of their own health.

"The best way is to bring them in close and establish a bond that way," he says.

Damaged backs or knees from heavy children are real concerns for Santas, many of whom are over the age of 60, says Nevada.

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It might be good to build a step stool to go with Santa's new chair.

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Well the children wouldnt be that way if it wasnt for society. If they didnt have the video games like xbox, PS3, WII, computers, blackberries, cell phones and remote controls they would have to find more things to make them move besides sitting there and doing nothing. society has made us all lazy not just children. When we were kids we didnt have all this high tech stuff we had to go out and use our imaginations. Like war games, cowboys and indians, Race car or motorcycle drivers riding our bikes, baseball, football and other things that we could go and do with our friends. Now it is ok Im going to call John up and have him come over and we will play on our game in front of the TV. So if anyone is to blame for these Obesity of children blame society and their high tech gadgets.

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Well the children wouldnt be that way if it wasnt for society. If they didnt have the video games like xbox, PS3, WII, computers, blackberries, cell phones and remote controls they would have to find more things to make them move besides sitting there and doing nothing. society has made us all lazy not just children. When we were kids we didnt have all this high tech stuff we had to go out and use our imaginations. Like war games, cowboys and indians, Race car or motorcycle drivers riding our bikes, baseball, football and other things that we could go and do with our friends. Now it is ok Im going to call John up and have him come over and we will play on our game in front of the TV. So if anyone is to blame for these Obesity of children blame society and their high tech gadgets.

Like it or not, change is going to happen. Electronic gadgets are probably not going to go away anytime soon, so we, the society, need to make the changes to ensure that our children have the education to make the correct choices to stay or get healthy. Children normally follow the examples in their lives. We, the society, need to lead by a better example. It just never works to say "do as I say, not as I do". However when it comes right down to it, we all make choices. We choose to have the CocaCola and large bowl of ice cream over looking, feeling, and being in good health. What's up with that? :sc_sad:

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dont forget them extra large pepperment thick shakes from McDonalds too.

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dont forget them extra large pepperment thick shakes from McDonalds too.

McDonald's has peppermint shakes??? :thumbup:

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