Tuesday, March 20, 2012
we got your skinny girl
Here at the Western World.
--Steely Dan, "Here at the Western World."
Yahoo! blog the Cutline has this.
The Israeli government has had enough, and Monday the Knesset passed a law requiring that all male and female models whose photographs are used in advertising must have a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or above.
The new law also bans the use of models who "look underweight," and advertisers must disclose whether they used computer magic of some sort to make models look skinnier.
The legislators' concerns about the spread of eating disorders in Israel prompted the new law.
You can easily calculate your body mass index here. It's fun, or can be. Mine was a pleasant surprise -- 19.2 -- which means for maybe the first time in my life I'm not underweight.