Dutchman in legal bid to cut 20 years off his age

Emile Ratelband identifies as 45

The life coach, who specialises in "self awareness" training, said he felt discriminated against because of his advanced years, adding that while he does not need dating apps, the custom of giving his age to a prospective lover was cramping his style.

A Dutch "positivity trainer" has launched a legal battle to change his age and boost his dating prospects.

However, he explained that allowing people to change their birth date would create problems from a legal point of view. I can take up more work.

Mr Ratelband told De Telegraaf: "You can change your name".

The judge said that he had some sympathy with Mr Ratelband as people could now change their gender which would once have been unthinkable.

Ratelband said that due to having an official age that did not reflect his emotional state he was struggling to find both work and love.

Emile Ratelband wants the courts to legally change his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.

"I feel young, I am in great shape and I want this to be legally recognised because I feel abused, aggrieved and discriminated against because of my age". "I agree with you: a lot of years ago we thought that was impossible", he said.

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Furthermore, he argued that doctors have assessed that he has the body of a 45-year-old.

"When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer". If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

BBC reported that Mr Ratelband is a media personality who had voiced the character Vladimir Trunkov in the Dutch-language version of the Pixar film Cars 2.

"Maybe they say, 'You have weak muscles for 49 years, '" Ratelband muses.

Ratelband's argument hinges on transgender people's ability to now change their genders on their birth certificates. "Who was that little boy then?" the judge asked.

And he says his move would also be good news for the government as he would be renouncing his pension until he reaches retirement age again.

A court in Arnhem, in the eastern Dutch provice of Gelderland, is expected to deliver its decision on Ratelband's age within four weeks.

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