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The Wiifit is a bully
Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:30 AM
They should have called it 'big brother simulator'.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:37 AM
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:46 AM
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:04 AM
The thing that irks me here is that the child broke down because of a game.
Also Japan hasn't been banned yet.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:08 AM
As for the game telling the kid she's fat, that is obviously, a bad thing, and stupid design.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:20 AM
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:36 AM
It is still just as reliable with children as with adults since it is just used different, she still isn't fat. It is true that BMI has inheretn flaws and the kid might still be fat, but the wii shouldn't be able to tell this unless it can measure bodyfat.
And BMI isn't the most reliable thing in the world, especially for kids.
I'm somewhat intruiged by Nick's comment as there are differences in bodytypes and Nintendo might have handled this badly or the parents/kid might have done something wrong.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:41 AM
I'd say Americans could use a machine that tells them they're fat.
Isn't the US population aging though? As people get older they do tend to gain weight. Also, wasn't the BMI recalculated a few years ago, greatly increasing the number of people in the obese category? Also I've heard that the BMI is to some degree a tool of the insurance companies since it allows them to charge higer rates to people based on their BMI.
No argument that the US has weight issues. I think most of that is simpy do to the fact we live in an increasingly passive society that requires less daily physical exterion than it once did. And if someone is not doing something physical it's physically easier to eat something as well. And if you eat Big Macs and sodas it is even worse.
But I think the use of BMI is at least questionable as a method of evaluation.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:58 AM
Perhaps this ranking of countries can give a better idea of the situation.
I looked of Nauru on wikipedia:
An increased standard of living since independence has had some negative effects on the population. Nauruans are among the most obese people in the world, with 90% of adults overweight. Nauru has the world's highest level of type 2 diabetes, with more than 40% of the population affected. Other significant diet-related problems on Nauru include renal failure and heart disease. Life expectancy has fallen to 58.0 years for males and 65.0 years for females.
ANyway, if the BMI is being compared evenly across the world then relatively it isn't looking good for the US regardless of whether BMI is accurate or not.
My advice to my fellow americans: Go to the gym and eat less junk.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:12 AM
Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:30 AM
...there are just some things you shouldn't do, and one of those things is telling a little girl she is fat.
I would disagree, sometimes people need to know that they are overweight.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:48 AM
Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:33 PM
-Your BMI is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Edited by random n00b, 07 May 2008 - 03:34 PM.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:55 PM
Anyway, I wonder what standards the Wii-Fit uses for its designations of fat and thin.
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