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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Someone called me fat.....

Ok, not sure how many of you out there watch The View. I can assure you that I do NOT. Apparantly, there is some woman on the show named Elisabeth Hasselback who has a problem with the Nintendo Wii video game system.

As many of you know the folks at Nintendo have develop a gaming system, that actually requires you to exercise. I think anyone in their right mind would instantly think of this as nothing short of brilliant.

I guess on this game system you have some sort of platform to stand on that calculates your body mass index, or BMI for short. Your BMI takes into account your height and weight, and produces a result of what class your BMI fits into.

Allegedly some ten year old girl in England got on the Wii, and it produced a result back to the child labeling them as "obese". This has Hasselback up in arms. She feels that the labelling is "mean".

Please people, when can we start calling a spade, a spade in this world? Hassleback's argument is that the little girl is in perfect health and is in no way overweight. I saw pictures of the girl. She is indeed, a normal looking perfectly sized ten year old, that has absolutely no appearance of being overweight. So what is the big deal?

The big deal I guess is that a machine labeled a human a certain way. Turns out that human is not accurately described by the label. Can't you just move on? This story will hopefully end here won't it? I think not. After being labeled as obese when she was clearly not, the girl said that she felt "sad".

Hold on a second..... Let's say I was on the phone with someone who was trying to sell me something and they had some mixed up information that said Ms. Gallant instead of Mr. Gallant. Let's then say that certain someone referred to me as Ms. instead of Mr. How would I feel? Probably not sad, or mad, or anything. I can tell you that I would simply correct the person on the other end, and give them the correct info and move on.

I guess life just isn't that simple for ten year old girls.

The bottom line is, if you're called obese and you clearly aren't, what is the big deal? Her parents are there for her (hopefully) to cheer her up if she was sad about being called obese. From there they could hopefully explain to the child what obesity actually is, and in turn make the child see that they indeed are NOT obese.

I can't wait to see what happens when an actual obese kid gets called obese. Lord help us all on that rueful day.

I'm going to eat a sandwich........with EXTRA mayo.

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