France bans extremely thin models | 2017-05-06 |

France bans extremely thin models

Sun Online Desk     6th May, 2017 01:54:42 printer

France bans extremely thin models

A law in France which bans featuring extremely thin fashion models has come into effect.


According to the law that came into effect on May 5, Friday, models will need to provide a doctor’s certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) – a measure of weight in relation to height, the BBC reported.


The health ministry says the aim of the law is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.


Digitally altered photos will also have to be labelled from 1 October.


A previous version of the bill had suggested a minimum BMI for models, prompting protests from modelling agencies in France.


But the final version, backed by MPs 2015, allows doctors to decide whether a model is too thin by taking into account their weight, age, and body shape.


Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros (£63,500; $82,000) and up to six months in jail.


"Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that can impact health-related behaviour," said France's Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, in a statement on Friday, French media report.


France is not the first country to legislate on underweight models - Italy, Spain and Israel have all done so.


Anorexia affects between 30,000 to 40,000 people in France, 90% of whom are women.