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New law enforces BMI restrictions for skinny models in Israel

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 4:19pm

A new law has come into effect in Israel banning models who are too thin from appearing in advertisements.

The law was approved by Israel's Parliament in March.

It requires models to have a body mass index of at least 18.5, which is considered the minimum healthy weight. Lawmakers were prompted to take the action due to a rise in eating disorders in Israel, particularly among young girls.

Milan's fashion week has also banned models with a BMI under 18.5, and the Madrid fashion show has banned women whose BMI is below 18.
 

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