A 69-year-old “positivity guru” in the Netherlands says he does not feel anywhere close to his actual age and has initiated a lawsuit to make himself legally 20 years younger on the grounds that he is being discriminated against.
“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he said.
A local court in the eastern city of Arnhem is expected to rule on the case within four weeks.
However officials were sceptical about the case, believing there was no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their birth date, local reports said.
Mr Ratelband argues he feels discriminated against because of his age, and that it was affecting his employment chances and his success rate on the dating app, Tinder.
“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 said.
“When I’m on Tinder and it says 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.”
Mr Ratelband further argued that according to his doctors he has the body of a 45-year-old, and described himself as a “young god”.
He went on Facebook last year to describe how he had made the decision one day standing in front of a mirror, not because he feared getting old but because he wanted to make the most of life for as long as possible.