Expert ‘aghast’ at idea of Wii Fit for kids

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225_fat_1.jpgVideo games just can’t win. First, it was violence. Then, sex. And today? It seems as though one expert believes Wii Fit will kill it some young kids something fierce.

Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum is calling for children to be banned from Wii Fit.

I’m absolutely aghast that children are being told they are fat… BMI is far from perfect but with children it simply should not be used… 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.

In my limited American experience, kids on average are fat these days. Many of them are obese, in fact. BMI is still a wonky measurement for certain body types, I’ll give her that, but if Wii Fit can influence these kids’ parents somehow, and better their lifestyles even just a little bit that way, I’m all for it.

And, Tam? Can i call you Tam? I think they’ll survive a little ribbing from a Mii avatar on a video game system, I does. Just a hunch.