Jodi - posted on 04/16/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )
An academic who copped sacks full of criticism after accusing Santa Claus of promoting obesity has risked enraging his detractors again after blaming the Easter Bunny for making kids fat.
Nathan Grills admitted he was flooded with angry emails after saying Santa and his jolly big belly normalised obesity, just before Christmas 2009.
Now the University of Melbourne public health physician is at it again, branding the Easter Bunny public enemy number one in the battle against the bulge.
But before the flak starts flying again, Dr Grills insists his accusation is simply a satirical look at an increasingly serious issue.
"Although the Easter Bunny's delivery practices may provide a better role model than Santa's, with its vigorous round-the-world hopping sustained only by carrots, the Easter Bunny may have a more direct impact on obesity," Dr Grills said.
Rather than promoting chocolate to children, the bunny should be used to support healthy eating campaigns, he added.
His tongue-in-cheek suggestion is outlined in an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
He makes a final suggestion that is highly unlikely to catch on.
"Chocolate egg hunts could become brussels sprout hunts," Dr Grills joked.
So, all jokes aside, are Easter Bunny and Santa bad for our waistlines, are they contributing to the obesity problem?