France Bans Ultra-Thin Models And Pro-Anorexia Websites

Following in Spain, Italy and Israel’s footsteps, the French Parliament has passed a law that will ban the employment of models under a certain Body Mass Index (BMI) in an effort to discourage anorexia. On top of this, the law also states that images cannot be doctored to make the bodies of women appear thinner unless they contain a statement saying that the image has been photoshopped, and includes a crackdown on pro-anorexia websites and Instagram pages.

Some critics say that a person’s BMI is an inaccurate tool for measuring one’s health, and that this could put models in murky situations when it comes to their job prospects. The good thing is that this law is opening up conversations about the still-pervasive issue of eating disorders and its connection to the impossible body standards promoted by the fashion industry. Of course, disordered eating is a far more complex mental health issue, and regulating the fashion industry is not a quick solution, but some think that this law is still a good step in the right direction. What are your thoughts? [ABC]