France Wants to Ban Way Too Skinny Models

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France is trying to get rid of the anorexic look of models. French model agencies are going to be required to keep track of the model’s weight and BMI in order for her to work. The absolute lowest a BMI can be is 18.5 and if a model is below 18 the agency could face a fine, which can reach up to $80,000 or even some prison time. The French government is not joking around about this new bill. According to a report from the Washington Post “France, where an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people suffer from anorexia, and where Isabelle Caro, an anorexic  fashion model, died in 2007 after posing for a campaign to raise awareness about the illness, has some of the most alarming statistics about underweight women in western Europe.”

In other fashion capitals of the world similar concerns have been brought to attention as well. Spain, Italy and Israel have all started to ban the super skinny models of the catwalk. Israel now when a picture is photoshopped they must point out where in the picture was photoshopped. Even here in the Untied States measures have been taken to stop the anorexic looking model. The magazine Darling makes it a point to never retouch any of the models that appear in the magazine. According to CNN “Dr. Olivier Veran, a doctor and French lawmaker who’s proposing the measures, said it’s time to put a stop to the practice of pressuring models to be so thin that it’s dangerous for their health.”

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The French statistics are in all honesty quite frightening. When a little over three percent of women in a single country suffer from an eating disorder desperate measures need to be taken. This is an industry where thigh gaps, slimmer arms, longer legs and smaller waistlines used to be photoshopped and then praised for. This change in attitude in body image can do leap and bounds for women and even men all around the world. CNN goes on to report that “Vernan’s proposed amendments to a health bill would also target the dark online world of pro-anorexia websites that promote self-starvation and encourage young women to post photos of their emaciated frames.”

So the bill would not only outlaw underweight fashion models but any type of media that is in support of eating disorders. France sees the importance of living a healthy lifestyle rather than focus on remaining Twiggy skinny. Granted, the BMI does not record healthy eating habits or if the person is healthy it only records the Body Mass Index, meaning how much fat is on the body, and this probably will not fix the problems of eating disorders in the fashion industry, but at least they are doing something active to bring an end to it. Changing the way the media responds to this disorder with concern and wanting to help could help those with an eating disorder. The legislation is set to be discussed in the French Parliament by the end of the month.

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