Well this is interesting. In The Sims Studio’s efforts to infuse an entire brain-rainbow of believable human emotions into the next generation of sims, they’ve hit upon the tricky business of body image, and its psychological bedmate since the invention of the mirror: perpetual, crippling self-loathing.
Sims in The Sims 4 will have the ability to gain and shed pounds as they eat and exercise, as well as the capacity to feel grossly unhappy about their own appearance, which is a cruel degree of realism to inflict upon an innocent simulated person.
“We have some little things like fitness, so sims can naturally change over time in the game,” says The Sims 4’s producer Grant Rodiek. “If they overeat they’ll become overweight. If they never exercise, they might become overweight. But if you eat healthily or eat properly or you exercise, your sims will lose weight.”
Previous games in the series allowed you to manually set your sim’s weight and body shape in the creation screen, and fitness objects such as treadmills and weight machines would simply improve a sim’s strength rather than sculpt their body. In The Sims 4 it seems that maintaining your desired form requires some actual management of your sim’s diet and exercise routines.