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    Nice Try: Emile Ratelband’s lawsuit for youth

    Self-styled Dutch positivity guru Emile Ratelband answers questions during an interview in Utrecht, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. For Ratelband age really is just a number. In a legal battle that is stretching the debate about just how far a person can go in changing his or her identity, the sixty-nine-year-old television personality has asked a Dutch court to officially change his biological date of birth to make him 49. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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    Dutch self-help guru Emile Ratelband, 69, is suing to be recognized as a 49-year-old. His doctor, he says, has told him that he has the body of a 40-something, and he’d like to have his whole life ahead of him.

    Dutch self-help guru Emile Ratelband, 69, is suing to be recognized as a 49-year-old. His doctor, he says, has told him that he has the body of a 40-something, and he’d like to have his whole life ahead of him.

    “When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work,” he says. “When I’m on Tinder and it say I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”

    The court won’t rule for a few weeks. But the judge seems a bit skeptical, the Telegraph reports. Ratelband wants to move his official birthdate from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969. But the judge wondered, in a recent hearing, about erasing those 20 years. “For whom did your parents care in those years?,” he asked. “Who was that little boy back then?”

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    David Scharfenberg can be reached at david.scharfenberg@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @dscharfGlobe