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June 23, 2008

Losing weight with Wii

While I agree with Debra Sapp-Yarwood (6/21, Opinion, “Game’s focus on body mass is not healthy”) that body mass index is not a perfect indicator of health, I think that it is the best indicator that we have at this time.

I am under no illusion that I am fit. I know that I need help with my weight. I look at people who are not fat and wonder how they have the time to go to a gym. But that doesn’t matter, because I am scared of going to a gym for fear of being ridiculed.

I have tried to do things at home, but I lose motivation and start to slack off. That’s why the Wii Fit is the best thing that’s ever happened to my health. Sure, I was upset when it told me I was obese — upset not at the Wii, but at me. The Wii has given me a goal to work for and someone to help me do it. And there is enough variety that I stay interested.

In the few weeks that I have had Wii Fit, my BMI has dropped, I have more energy, and I feel better about myself.

Richard Burns



Congratulations on your fitness progress. There are several blogs written by people who view their Wii not only as a game system, but as a home fitness machine. You've got a great attitude about the system.

I don't use my Wii as much as I used to, since in the summer, I'm more into running, biking and swimming. But come this winter, I'll be right there beside you, trying to keep the holiday pounds off.

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