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article imageIsrael banning skinny models from the media

By Nicole Byerly     Mar 21, 2012 in Health
As a move to promote a more realistic body image, the Israeli Parliament introduced a measure to ban skinny models from appearing in magazines, on the cat-walk for fashion shows, and on television throughout the nation.
Nearly seven million women and one million men in America suffer from eating disorders. In Israel, eating disorders account for nearly 2% of all females between the ages of 14 - 18 years old. Whether or not this move for Israel will decrease the number of individuals suffering from this mental disease is uncertain, however they plan to ban any models from appearing on media sources if they appear to be underweight or if their BMI is below 18.5. In addition to banning underweight models, they are also establishing a measure to require any photographers who edit images to make the models appear thinner to disclose the facts upon publication.
"The visual effect is so powerful and such a dangerous lure for girls and women who feel like they have to match this societal thin ideal," said Bulik, author of "The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like With Who You Are."
The bill was introduced with the primary intention of enabling women of all sizes to recognize what a "healthy body" is and eliminate the unrealistic body images created by the mass media in hopes of reducing the number of individuals suffering with bulimia and anorexia nervosa.
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