Drs: Should There Be Laws To Ban Severely Underweight Models?

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The Drs: Law Banning Too-Thin Models

Drs: Should There Be Laws To Ban Severely Underweight Models?

The Doctors talked about the laws being implemented by other countries to ban fashion models who are severely underweight. (salty_soul / flickr)

The Doctors wanted to discuss whether too-thin models should be banned from the runway. France is looking to join Spain, Italy, and Israel in passing a bill to ban excessively underweight models from working in the fashion industry. The new law would require models to submit to regular weight check-ins to be sure their BMI is at least an 18, which is about 121 pounds for a 5’7″ body. If they don’t comply, they could have to pay up to 79,000, with some staff members having to spend 6 months in jail.

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Kelly Cutrone, a fashion publicist and judge on America’s Next Top Model, said she thought it would be really hard to enforce the law. She shared that plus-sized models in the fashion industry are actually a size 6, which was a bit shocking to most people. Dr Travis Stork said putting models out there that are too thin sends the wrong message to young children. The question is should the U.S. have legislation?

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The Doctors pointed out that some people have disorders that don’t allow them to put on weight, and it doesn’t seem like the government needs to intervene on an issue like this. Dr Rachael Ross wanted to know if, since big butts are so popular, we would ever see big butts on the runway, and Kelly said, “I hope not.” Kelly shared that as women, you have to learn to love your bodies. Dr Jennifer Ashton said being severely underweight isn’t a criminal act, it’s a medical emergency.

The Doctors shared a photo from an anti-anorexia ad campaign featuring a severely anorexic woman who eventually died from the disorder. Dr Stork said being thin is different from anorexia, which is a true eating disorder. Kelly said there are checks in balances in the industry to make sure women are healthy, but every once in a while you will see a model that looks emaciated.

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