France's Proposed Legislation

modelsparis200"As doctors and eating disorders specialists have said, BMI is not an accurate measure of individual health; rather, it was formulated to measure across populations and it makes no allowance for the relative proportions of bone, muscle and fat in the body. BMI suggests there are distinct categories of underweight, ideal, overweight and obese, with sharp boundaries that hinge on a decimal place, which is simply not true. It is unfair and unreasonable to ban healthy models from working just because they have a relatively low BMI.”

Sara Ziff explains why she opposes the French Parliament's bill that would legislate models' body weight, and why Denmark's proposal, which includes health checkups, compulsory wages (not payment "in trade") and penalties for those who don't meet industry guidelines is a better approach.

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