69-year-old Dutchman starts legal bid to become 20 years younger

Emile Ratelband 69 previously converted to Buddhism- because he could

Emile Ratelband, a 69-year old Dutch pensioner, author, former millionaire, and founder of Ratelband Research Institute and the Ratelband Foundation, has started a legal battle to have his actual age changed legally.

While some want to seem younger in the dating world, being an older member of society can also impact the chances of getting a job.

In an unprecedented case in the Netherlands, Emile Ratelband told a tribunal that he wants to shift his birth date two decades later to March 11, 1969. After all, Ratelband says, "When I'm on Tinder and 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", he said.

He said: 'When I'm 69, I am limited.

The Dutch entrepreneur, who has converted to Buddhism, said: "I have done a check-up and what does it show?"

Mr Ratelband's case has now gone to a court in the city of Arnhmen in the eastern Dutch provice of Gelderland. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto", he said.

Mr Ratelband believes the change is no different than identifying as transgender, adding to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: 'You can change your name.

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The self-proclaimed positivity guru argued that he feels 20 years younger, and compared the age difference to being transgender, despite the concept being completely different from biological genders. The Netherlands' constitution "prohibits direct and indirect distinction in employment relations on the basis of age", but some claim that people over 50 have been the most impacted by austerity measures in the country.

The judge conceded that the ability to change gender was a development in the law.

He said he fears companies won't hire him, and that employees will look at him differently.

The pensioner also said he would renounce his pension if he switched his birth date. "Who was that little boy back then?"

Mr Ratelband is a media personality and motivational speaker, who is a trainer in neurolinguistic programming.

It is due to make a ruling in four weeks.

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