Just A Terrible Study: The Most Obese On Screen Santas

Santa Claus is known for having a round belly that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly, it’s one of the things he’s famous for. So no one’s expecting a movie featuring the man in the red suit to show him buff and fit, but some on-screen Santas are definitely bigger than others. And a new study reveals which ones are the heaviest of all.

  • Researchers at ZAVA compared the St. Nicks in 10 popular Christmas movies, TV shows and ads to see which one is largest.
  • They compared them on a combination of factors, including the height of the actor, their known weight and body shapes to calculate each Santa’s body mass index (BMI).
  • As you might suspect, nine of the 10 famous Santa Clauses are obese or severely obese.
  • The fattest Santa is the one in “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” as he’s five-feet, five-inches tall and weighs in at 300-pounds, giving him a BMI of 49.9.
  • For comparison, a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, one from 25 to 29.9 is overweight, from 30 to 39.9 is obese and anything over 40 is considered severely overweight.
  • The slimmest Santa in the study is the one Richard Attenborough played in “Miracle on 34th Street.” At five-feet, six-inches and weighing 176-pounds, his BMI is 28.4, so he’s the only one not considered obese, but he’s still overweight.

The Biggest On-Screen Santas, based on BMI

  1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (movie, 1993) 5-feet 5-inches, 300 pounds - BMI 49.9 (Severely obese)
  2. “The Snowman” (TV, 1982) and “Father Christmas” (TV, 1991) 5-feet 7-inches, 290 pounds - BMI 45.5 (Severely obese)
  3. “Elf” (movie, 2003) 5-feet 5-inches, 270 pounds - BMI 44.7 (Severely obese)
  4. “Fred Claus” (movie, 2007) 5-feet 9-inches, 300 pounds - BMI 44.2 (Severely obese)
  5. Coca-Cola ad 5-feet 10-inches, 300 pounds - BMI 43 (Severely obese)
  6. “Arthur Christmas” (movie, 2011) 5-feet 8-inches, 280 pounds - BMI 42.5 (Severely obese)
  7. NORAD (Santa Tracker) 5-feet 7-inches, 260 pounds - BMI 40.7 (Severely obese)
  8. “The Santa Clause” (movie, 1994) 5-feet 8-inches, 260 pounds - BMI 39.5 (Obese)
  9. “Santa Claus: The Movie” (movie, 1985) 5-feet 9-inches, 250 pounds - BMI 36.7 (Obese)
  10. “Miracle on 34th Street” (movie, 1994) 5-feet 6-inches, 176 pounds - BMI 28.4 (Overweight)

Source: Mirror

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