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sorry i just had to post this here,

The Daily Mail is condemning video games again--and this time it's Nintendo that bears the brunt of its vocal indignation. Although the Wii and DS have been generally insulated from the usual haranguing of traditional video games in such sections of the British press because of their popularity among the elderly, women, and on cruises, family friendly Wii Fit has managed to incur the wrath of the tabloid.

The reason is that an unnamed 10-year-old girl from South East England was told by the game, during its Body Mass Index test, that she was "fat." (Wii Fit actually puts users into a variety of categories, the two heaviest of which are "overweight" and "obese.")

The stepfather of the girl, who didn't want to be named for her sake, said, "She is a perfectly healthy, 4-feet-9-inch-tall 10-year-old who swims, dances, and weighs only six stone. She is solidly built but not fat. She was devastated to be called fat and we had to work hard to convince her she isn't."

The paper then enlisted the opinion of Tam Fry, a spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum, who called for a ban on kids playing the game, presumably meaning she wanted to see it brandishing an 18 age gate sticker. She said, "I am absolutely aghast that children are being told they are fat. A child's BMI can change every month and it is perfectly possible for a child to be stocky, yet still very fit. I would be very concerned if children were using this game and I believe it should carry a warning for parents."

However, Nintendo declined to entertain her suggestion, simply saying, "Wii Fit is still capable of measuring the BMI for people aged between two and 20 but the resulting figures may not be entirely accurate for younger age groups due to varying levels of development."
Wii Fit tells 10-year-old she's fat - GameSpot News Blog - Gaming News and Videos
 

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OMG, the next level of stupidity... Ban kids from playing it:lol: ...This is already sad. Sorry for the girl who got called fat though.

I'm just wondering... Doesn't that game have anykind of age setting, like where you put your height and weight???oO
 

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its not realy made to work well with kids (something i never thought id say about a product coming from nintendo but anyway)
 

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Nintendo gets awarded a 1-Up from me for calling fat girl fat. :lol: These people really need to get over it. All of this politically correct stuff has really gotten out of hand. Heck, if I made Wii Fit I would have called her a pastry eating fat ****.
 

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Nintendo gets awarded a 1-Up from me for calling fat girl fat. :lol: These people really need to get over it. All of this politically correct stuff has really gotten out of hand. Heck, if I made Wii Fit I would have called her a pastry eating fat ****.
Agreed bro, it's getting way out of hand. Ridiculous as it is, for example there was a case in UK recently when a school's receptionist had been suspended 'cause her daughter told about Christ in the classroom. In UK you can no longer call chrismas tree a chrismas tree... And so on and so on. What a bull****.
 

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Isn't there a warning in the game saying that the result may not be accurate? (especially with kids?)

AND blaming Wii Fit/Nintendo for the lack of accuracy of the BMI system is just moronic. BMI always had many shortcomings (it can easily call even adults fat when they aren't, you're simply supposed to USE YOUR OWN BRAIN to see when it's not accurate for you x_x), but now all of a sudden it warrants a age limit when used in a game?
Man, for people who want to protect their kids, they sure are doing a poor job.
 

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Wow... If you ever get kids, I really feel sorry for them...
Nintendo gets awarded a 1-Up from me for calling fat girl fat. :lol: These people really need to get over it. All of this politically correct stuff has really gotten out of hand. Heck, if I made Wii Fit I would have called her a pastry eating fat ****.
Agreed bro, it's getting way out of hand. Ridiculous as it is, for example there was a case in UK recently when a school's receptionist had been suspended 'cause her daughter told about Christ in the classroom. In UK you can no longer call chrismas tree a chrismas tree... And so on and so on. What a bull****.
Looks like other people agree with me. :p
 

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Well, for the sake of argument, Wii Fit asks for a bunch of stuffs, ranging from age, height, weight, and it also measures your balance (relative to the gravity vector at the place you are standing, I suppose), and also does a lot of other calculations like pressure of your weight on the board in exercises, and stuffs... before it gives the final conclusion. So I have to assume that after all those calculations the margin of errors is too tiny to be of concern. That aside, the balance test also proves that it has more sensors than your average scale.

Now... it also reports your BMI number in details, so if it's just barely at the line between Fat and Healthy, you can assume that you're either Fat or Healthy because of the margin of error (usually .1 error, I think). But if it's blatantly above the error margin, then you just gotta accept the results. :p

Of course I would talk with the little miss about how children are still growing, and that there's still a chance that she will be normal or healthy the next week, but I wouldn't lie about her being NOT fat if that is what she actually is. I would tell it to her face that she seems a bit chubby, and that maybe she needs to exercise a bit more, or cut back on her snacks if she would like to be slimmer.

There's a difference between being mean to kids and being honest to kids, yeah? ;) Plus... I guess Europe has a different standard for "fat" and "healthy" people. Well-built? Oh yeah... ever heard of muscular 10-year-old... "girl"? :lol:
 

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Wii fit is rubbish to get fit with in the first place and using BMI and whatever else to determine if someone is fat or slim or whatever is just plain silly. To get worked up over what the game tells you if you are fat tough, is grounds for stupidity. She swims, dances and is generally a normal girl for her age, so why the ****storm? (oh wait, it's the Daily Mail.....)
 

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On the other side of the spectrum, obese people could feel offended to hear that theyre overweight, and sue.

A compromise could be that the next version of Wii Fit no longer include any further references to overweightism, and declares everyone slim, fit and very sportive (including WiiFit addict sumo fighters).

Doesnt WiiFit and similar games specifically include opening remainders that they are only games, and neither safe from error or are a real consultant or alternative to realworld consultants ?
 
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