Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The French Do Something...Sensible?

The French Parliament has created a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone to publicly promote extreme thinness. This would mean that magazines, TV, movies, newspapers, websites, etc. would not be able to promote people who are too thin.

The bill has already been approved and will go before the Senate next week.

This law would be the strongest of its type ever passed and comes after the death of a Brazilian model in 2006 which was linked to anorexia. Her death prompted officials throughout the fashion industry to re-evaluate and address the use of portraying extremely thin models. This also led to Spain banning extremely thin models from walking in their fashion shows.

Under the new law, if you are found guilty of "inciting others to deprive themselves of food" to an excessive degree, judges will have the power to imprison or fine offenders up to $47,000. Authorities can also sanction those individuals responsible to magazine photos portraying "excessive thinness."

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