, "fitness expert" and host of the upcoming AM talk radio show "Shape Up, America
," has announced plans for a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo, claiming that people are injuring themselves playing Wii games. Torchia says that many players injure themselves on the Wii because Nintendo has not properly warned consumers that warming up is necessary before exercise.
Torchia's press release claims that the proliferation of Wii Fit
has led to players sustaining "injuries in their knees, back and wrists because of overuse and improper warm- up."
In addition, Torchia claims that Nintendo is misrepresenting the Wii's effectiveness as an exercise tool. " ... Nintendo is contributing to the epidemic of obesity. Young and old are putting away their gym clothes and shying away from going outdoors to play sports, because the addictive appeal to the Wii game products." In Torchia's estimation, then, Wii games are both poor exercise and
excessively strenuous exercise. Like eating a pizza tied to the back of a moving car!
[Via What They Play