(Image Source: New York Magazine)

 

BY ZAKIYYAH WAHAB

 

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

 

You wouldn’t expect a law to discourage underweight models in the fashion world.  But Israel has passed a law - the “Photoshop Law” - in an attempt to fight eating disorders in the country. TIME reports...

 

“...women will have to produce a medical report no more than three months old stating that their BMI is above the WHO standard of malnutrition.”

 

The law also bars the use of overly thin images by foreign advertising in the country. Obviously, modelling agencies aren’t pleased with the new law. Eli Edri of the Roberto Models Agency tells Haaretz...

 

“The indexes on which the law is based are arbitrary and are not appropriate for every model … Such a law would disqualify [healthy models] without determining whether they are really sick or not.”

 

Fox 9 thinks the law is a wise decision by the Knesset.

 

“...we often do stories about body image of young girls and the effect that all of these things can have on them ... I say “kudos” to Israel for trying to do a little something about it.”

 

A writer for The Boston Globe provides a balanced opinion about the new law, saying...

 

“...I think the law is a long time in coming ...[but at the same time] I also think we’d be fooling ourselves by thinking that’s all we need to do to combat eating disorders...”

 

Frugivore Magazine also dislikes the law, saying it reeks of pretentiousness and...

 

“... amounts to putting a band-aid on a cut that requires stitches ...[and] sets an ugly precedent for government encroachment into one’s freedom of choice.”

 

Hospitals will be the next item on the Knesset’s itinerary of trying to combat eating disorders. It will consider a measure to enable doctors to involuntarily hospitalize anorexic patients who are in immediate danger.

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Mar 22, 2012

Israel Bans Underweight Models

(Image Source: New York Magazine)

 

BY ZAKIYYAH WAHAB

 

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

 

You wouldn’t expect a law to discourage underweight models in the fashion world.  But Israel has passed a law - the “Photoshop Law” - in an attempt to fight eating disorders in the country. TIME reports...

 

“...women will have to produce a medical report no more than three months old stating that their BMI is above the WHO standard of malnutrition.”

 

The law also bars the use of overly thin images by foreign advertising in the country. Obviously, modelling agencies aren’t pleased with the new law. Eli Edri of the Roberto Models Agency tells Haaretz...

 

“The indexes on which the law is based are arbitrary and are not appropriate for every model … Such a law would disqualify [healthy models] without determining whether they are really sick or not.”

 

Fox 9 thinks the law is a wise decision by the Knesset.

 

“...we often do stories about body image of young girls and the effect that all of these things can have on them ... I say “kudos” to Israel for trying to do a little something about it.”

 

A writer for The Boston Globe provides a balanced opinion about the new law, saying...

 

“...I think the law is a long time in coming ...[but at the same time] I also think we’d be fooling ourselves by thinking that’s all we need to do to combat eating disorders...”

 

Frugivore Magazine also dislikes the law, saying it reeks of pretentiousness and...

 

“... amounts to putting a band-aid on a cut that requires stitches ...[and] sets an ugly precedent for government encroachment into one’s freedom of choice.”

 

Hospitals will be the next item on the Knesset’s itinerary of trying to combat eating disorders. It will consider a measure to enable doctors to involuntarily hospitalize anorexic patients who are in immediate danger.

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