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Israel's 'too skinny' model ban takes effect

Associated Press Published: January 3, 2013

Haven’t you heard? The skinny look is out this year. Or at least it is for Israel.

A controversial law banning too-skinny models went into effect with the start of 2013. The law was approved last March and requires models to prove they have maintained a Body Mass Index of at least 18.5 for three months before a fashion shoot or show, according to Yahoo! Shine.

The law also forces advertisers to make it clear when they have manipulated or thinned out a model in an image.

"This law is another step in the war against eating disorders," said physician and law co-sponsor Rachel Adatto (with Danny Danon) after a 2011 reading of the draft, according to the Times of Israel. Underweight models, she explained, "can no longer serve as role models for innocent young people who adopt and copy the illusion of thinness."

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