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.