posted by meowser
Debra Sapp-Yarwood (DebraSY on Big Fat Blog), who as I said here could teach dieters a thing or two about humility, has a brand new op-ed in the Kansas City Star about the Wii Fit, and it’s a good one. In short, Debra’s against it, because it makes exercise a crapload of no fun if you’re fat, especially for kids:
The Munchkin voice from the Wii Fit says “That’s obese.” How dare it talk to a child like that!?
Later, that same child, when he cannot complete an exercise, cries, “I’m obese and stupid!” Parental intervention now. Therapy in 10 years?
And she’s especially critical of the program’s across-the-board recommendation that everyone shoot for a BMI of 22:
In addition to being a questionable benchmark, the 22 BMI is unrealistic. If your genetics, gastrointestinal chemistry and hormones don’t want you at a BMI of 22, or at least within 10 percent, then it’s unrealistic to aim for it. Studies show that fewer than 5 percent of dieters can maintain significant weight loss for more than two years. The scientists at the National Weight Control Registry, a project devoted to tracking weight-loss successes, have said that only 20 percent of the population can maintain a meager 10 percent loss for a year.
We need more stuff like this in the papers, y’all. Click on this story. Do it lots. Leave some feedback at the bottom that you’d like more stuff like it. (But as always with stories of this kind, unless you’ve been really parsimonious with your SW points, stay away from the comments already left, which are full of the usual “but kids are so faaaaat now, and your husband is a big fatass too” kind of dreck.)