France Passes A Law That Bans Extremely Thin Models
France bans unhealthy thin fashion models in an effort to stop dangerous eating disorders and body image issues.
Models are required to provide a doctor’s certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special attention to their body mass index (a measure of weight in relation to their height).
The health ministry aims to fight eating disorders and any unachievable ideals of beauty. In addition, digitally altered photographs will be labeled beginning in October.
“Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that impact health-related behavior,” said France’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, in a statement, French media report.
France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models: Italy, Spain and Israel have also done so.