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Obesity experts condemn Nintendo's Wii 'Fit' game after it tells 10-year-old girl she's fat


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FATTY

 

srsly?

 

it's a british article btw incase you don't notice the uk in the address

 

 

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Also nintendo WFC has blocked the Mii name Hitler, so if you have a Mii named hitler you can't play it online.

Edited by Erlin

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ROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLimgoingstraighttohellROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFL!!!

 

Oh man... I need that. Once again, I'm going straight to hell.

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If you're obese you need to be told. According to this article, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24666022/ you're killing my planet. Paraphrased for those with short attention spans.

 

Obesity adds to global warming, study finds

Humans getting heavier, requiring more fuel to move us and our food

 

Obesity contributes to global warming, too. Obese and overweight people require more fuel to transport them and the food they eat, and the problem will worsen as the population literally swells in size

 

Because thinner people eat less and are more likely to walk than rely on cars, a slimmer population would lower demand for fuel for transportation and for agriculture.

 

It's written on the internet so it must be true, amirite?

Edited by Daghostmaker

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People seriously need to grow up. There will always be someone calling an obese girl "Fat".

Edited by Atrus

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My, I never thought I'd see so many cold responses ( Unless you're joking, and I hope you would be)

 

Did someone seriously just say a 10-year old should "grow up"?

 

 

Edited by Kibai

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i'd assume that it was the parents that were complaining, not the child.

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And why they happen to be complaining is my point. Its not as though the game is telling him he is the obese one. The article did not only speak of the father's reaction to the title given to his daughter by the game, but the fact that both parents had a trying time convincing her that she was not fat.

 

I agree with you in the sense that such scenarios ("Lawl you're fat!") can occur often in any life. But what would the father's lack of protest do?

 

"Don't freak, insertdaughternamehere. It happens, that's life." Sounds like a much harsher response than complaining about something that may have mentally scarred his own child.

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Is it not the function of the game to determine a person's fitness level? Really, what was the expected outcome of playing?

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I was just being honest. I thought it was funny. Would I point and laugh at a little girl that think she's fat? No, but I still think the scenario is funny.

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The article (once I read it) did make a good point that if the game uses BMI to judge "fattness", that's very flawed.

 

With a little creative programming the Wii system should be able to make really meaningful measurements of fitness level (endurance, flexibility, etc) and provide feedback that would be useful.

 

And of course, tact is always a plus. :tongue:

 

As an ex-teacher in the public system, I'm probably a little hypersensitive about the trend to ignore / sugarcoat kids' flaws for fear of hurting their feelings. IMO raising kids who think it's cool to be unhealthy doesn't do them any favours!

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if wii fit works solely on BMI to categorize people, i'll be stuck in "underweight" forever, even though one look at me clearly says i'm not. no machine/system/game is going to be able to make an accurate view of a live person's health, that's what doctors are for.

 

as far as the qq'ing from the parents in the article, i have no sympathy. i won't go into it very far, they just need to embrace the first part of my post and move on.

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Obviously the parents are to blame IMO. Like seriously, how much stuff on video games has been on the news requesting parents look into the games they are buying for their kids before they purchase them.

 

The video for the game on it's official site clearly shows the 4 categories "Underweight" "Normal" "Overweight" and "Obese".

 

If they didn't want to scar the child by getting one of the latter, to be honest don't buy the game.

 

 

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BMI measurements for people who are very active [read: have a significant amount of muscle mass] are going to be typically inaccurate, because it weighs that extra weight from muscle as fat. anyone who is beginning a workout regime should know that.

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