Israel Bans Too-Skinny Models

In Israel, a new law is underway to help tackle eating disorders.

Specifically, it’s banning underweight models from the runway.

Report card required

Under the new law, models in both local advertisements or runway shows must produce a medical report–that can’t be older than 90 days–which states that they aren’t malnourished according to World Health Organization standards.

According to the new standards–which are based on weight, height and BMI–a 5’8″ female model, for instance, can’t weight less than 119 pounds.

Not only that, but the law also mandates that publications disclose when they run edited or altered images of models if this editing makes them appear more thin than they actually are.

Hot button issue

The role that models play in the creation of public body image issues has been a hot topic in recent years, especially following the deaths of too-thin models in several countries. Spain and Italy have both tried to change the industry for the better by pushing for more realistic-looking women in ad campaigns and on the runway.

But Steven Kolb, chief executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, says that the U.S. tries to create healthy standards for models, and that there aren’t any plans to change U.S. laws about models’ weight requirements.

“We never had an approach of mandate or enforce,” he said. “We create awareness and education.”

It appears that the inability to determine general standards for a “healthy weight” has prevented countries like Spain and Italy from passing similar laws.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2017 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.