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[bit-tech] Nintendo apologises for Wii Fit

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Nintendo has admitted that the Body Mass Index system used to gauge obesity and fitness levels in Wii Fit may not be entirely accurate for younger players, nor for those who are very fit. The company has also issued a full apology to those who may have been upset by an inaccurate result.

Wii Fit is a fitness game for the Wii which uses a new balance board peripheral to weight players, gauge fitness and balance and to monitor the BMI of players. Players are then given a schedule of work outs to help improve their results.

The system hasn't been entirely well received however and the Daily Mail has published reports from distraught parents whose supposedly fit and athletic children have been labelled fat by the game.

Members of the National Obesity Forum quickly hopped on the bandwagon too, saying that the BMI system is far from perfect and "simply should not be used with children" as the results could prove to be potentially misleading.

Nintendo has issued a full apology to all customers of the game, but has pointed out that the manual does say that younger children may not get accurate results.

"As stated in the Wii Fit manual, BMI is essentially a measure of body fat, based on an adult height and weight. Wii Fit is still capable of measuring the BMI for people aged between 2 and 20 but the resulting figures may not be entirely accurate for younger age groups due to varying levels of development.

"People with more muscle mass than normal will also have a higher BMI rating due to the heavy weight of muscle tissue, so the resulting figures should be used for reference purposes only," added the statement.

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post #2 of 22
Is it me or was I the only one to find this funny ?

I would laugh if I got on it and it told me I was obese haha.
post #3 of 22
BMI is Body MASS Index not body fat index it dosent just take into account fact and disregard mucle. They just need to change overweight and obese to something not regarding weight mut mass.
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wii: to fat to play... to fat to play......

Gamer:.....I'm sad
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Take anything from the Daily Mail with 10 buckets of salt. Still, if nintendo is apologising i suppose there must be some truth to it.
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I don't get all the hoopla over Wii Fit in the first place. Who is the target audience for this thing? The parents of the kids who the Wii was originally purchased for? My idea of gaming simply does not include doing yoga...(or having my Wii tell me I'm fat, because I already know that! )
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post #7 of 22
Yeh but as nugget pointed out, its your bodily mass. Be it your mass via fat, muscle, hair or private parts of your body its still your body mass.

Granted if you have a huge schlong and your being called fat it probably isnt the best measurement
    
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lol I can just picture a family sitting around the tv, playing Wii Fit for the first time, and the results coming up and saying "You Are Overweight!"
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BMI is a horridly inaccurate measurement of fitness. All it judges the result on is height and weight. That's it.

I remember taking the required Phy Ed class for my major a few years ago. We did a BMI calculation, and I was ranked at above 30 (which is considered "obese"). I'm 6'1, and at the time, weighed 230 pounds. My body fat content was ~12 percent, however. I told my professor "I don't think this form of measurement is very accurate." lol.
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i wish it was malicious, lol...

"You couldn't even finish a level designed for the elderly, you might as well be picking up a disability welfare cheque you fat POS!!"

that would make me want to get fit
    
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