Israel Bans Excessively Thin Models from The Runway

By: CNN
By: CNN
A new Israeli law is taking on eating disorders.  It bans underweight models from catwalks and commercials.

** FILE ** A model presents an ensemble by French fashion house Guy Laroche, during the presentation of its Spring-Summer 2007 ready to wear collection in Paris, in this Oct. 7, 2006 file photo. France's lower house of parliament adopted a groundbreaking bill Tuesday April 15, 2008 that would make it illegal for anyone including fashion magazines, advertisers and Web sites to publicly incite extreme thinness. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

A new Israeli law is taking on eating disorders.

It bans underweight models from catwalks and commercials.

The law uses Body Mass Index, a way of estimating healthy weight, to decide who can model, and who can't.

Anyone with a B-M-I less than 18-and-a-half, is out.

Spain and Australia have already set minimum weight limits for certain fashion shows.


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