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With this new law in place, no model can be hired in Israel
without a form signed by a doctor stating that they are of a healthy weight and
BMI. Also, any advertiser who digitally fixes a photo in order to make a model
appear skinnier must clearly state so.
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BY GL ON 4/5/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN body, weight, healthy ways to lose weight, body image, Love your bod, eating disorder, In the News
Sorry to say this, but this post is insulting. Everybody has a different body type, and some people are just naturally underweight. I've been underweight almost my whole life, and it's more taxing than people think (still shopping in the kids clothing section, having to eat every hour, not being able to swap clothes with friends, everybody assuming you're anorexic, etc). People should be accepting of all body types.
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by Sarah_12 on 11/25/2012 11:38:44 PM
Go Israel! That is a very smart law, I really think we should have it here in the US. I must clap its totally genius!
by glamartist on 9/17/2012 7:50:40 PM
I like that law
by KatieBell23 on 7/2/2012 4:30:18 PM
I definitely think the US should do what Israel is doing!!! It's a great idea!!!! The media has been such a big influence to girls as to how we should look and being underweight isn't the way to go. Healthy is better and the media should show that!!!! Go Israel!!!
by depacdancer1104 on 4/19/2012 2:39:48 PM
This should happen in America too. We all should love who we are no matter what, but we should see a lot more models in ads and commercials that are a little on the pudgy side(please do not take that as an insult, I too, am on the pudgy side). Everyone is perfect the way they are. But when all you see are little itty bitty models it makes people lose self-esteem.
by caitwon on 4/17/2012 6:25:10 AM
THANK. THE. LORD.
by 3m2016 on 4/16/2012 6:43:42 PM
Yay! I tottaly support this law. I hate how girls think skinny is better, Last year, Selena Gomez fainted because she wasn't eating to look skinny.
by bass2001 on 4/16/2012 4:02:18 PM
YES!!U.S. should adopt this law too!!
by rainbowsparkle98 on 4/12/2012 9:18:34 PM
Hey, we should start a petition or something for a law like Isreal's that bans unnaturally skinny models on the runways and in ads! Wouldn't that be so cool if Girls' Life started making petitions for its readers to send to their indiviual local/ state governments?? The power of our natural U.S. citizen rights is inspiring!
by OceanWavez on 4/11/2012 9:15:02 PM
- To all those girls out there
It doesn't matter if you're overweight or underweight. I think what matters is that you are eating a good, mixed amount of fruit, veggies, meat, dairy, protien - and sugar. Believe it or not, your body DOES need sugar, it DOES need carbs, it DOES need meat - just not too much. If you're just looking for ways to cut tiny calories think -Do I really need juice - why can't I get water? Do I NEED junk on my taco? Do I have to have salad dressing on my salad? Make popcorn the old fashioned way - who says it can't be good on a stove top and being able to hear it pop- pop - pop???Hope this helped, girlies!!!
by Sarah510 on 4/11/2012 8:59:12 PM
Yes!!! It would totally change our society for the better.
by unicornninja on 4/11/2012 8:41:26 PM
Go Israel! The USA needs to adopt this b/c some girls have really bad self-esteem b/c of ads...
by ninabeanaboo on 4/9/2012 7:14:39 PM
I think this is a really good law! And yes, the U.S. should adopt one like it.
by supersingershannon on 4/9/2012 5:52:57 PM
good for Israel! We should be doing the same thing. No wonder average people get teased about their weight!
by luvmonkey1313 on 4/9/2012 3:12:57 PM
I totally agree with banning UNHEALTHY models. However BMI is the wrong thing to use. I do ballet and according to BMI, I'm underweight but I'm totally healthy. They should focus on how healthy the models are. I love the idea of not having people who are going to extreme measures to be thin be allowed to model. It's important to set the right example to young girls
by BalletGirl0116 on 4/8/2012 9:22:16 PM
I agree with stargirl12345. If the United States Government made put this law in affect here I think it would make a big difference in today's society. Look at all the celebrities trying to look cute or pretty by being skinny, when really they look like they have an eating disease like anorexia. Too bad we as U.S citizens can't make this into a national vote. I wish we could.
by sissis1430 on 4/8/2012 6:22:41 PM
Dude! Uhh, Yeah!
by XxUTookMahFonexX on 4/7/2012 4:52:58 PM
I tottaly agree with this ban! And it would be a great thing if the US would pass this law too!
by tigergirl218 on 4/6/2012 4:52:48 PM
YESSSSS!!!! The US should totally ban this
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by Dancinggirl1414 on 4/6/2012 12:36:48 AM
Yes, the U.S. should adopt this law! Also, some of my best friends are from Israel But this a very good law
by stargirl12345 on 4/5/2012 11:52:40 PM
by hra215 on 4/5/2012 10:37:38 PM
While I understand why naturally underwieght girls could be offended by this, I think you are overlooking one important detail from this article. A DOCTOR must state that the model in question is of a healthy wieght and BMI. If you are just naturally skinny, the doctor will acknowledge that and take it into account. If you aren't it will be obvious to them, so they can weed out those who are practicing unhealthy habits. And also, to guitargirl7321, that comment you made about plus size models was highly uncalled for. A) A plus size model can't just eat crap because then they would gain serious weight, as wel as the fact that thier skin would not be in good shape and they just wouldn't be as, for a lack of a better word, "pretty". B) A plus size model is actually closer to the healthier sizes than most regular models because they are usually sizes 8-12, and a regular model is usually sizes 0-3, which unless the wearer is naturally thin, have been deemed as unhealthy sizes.
by youngjedi123 on 4/5/2012 10:23:57 PM
Oh my gosh!! we had to do an ABC book in my literacy class and this one girl did one about eating disorders and my teacher goes "yea sometimes girls are pressured to look a certain way because of society" and then this guy in my class goes "that's because girls should look a certain way." all the girls gave him this look and my teacher goes " i'm pretty sure you're not at the top of the 'to date list'..." it was sooo funny but it showed him up!!
by random_mockingjay25 on 4/5/2012 10:17:59 PM
OMG! LOVE THIS LAW! IT MAKES ME FEEL SO GOOD RIGHT NOW TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE NOW THEY CAN ACTUALLY HIRE WOMEN WHO LOOK JUsT LIKE YOU, NOT AN UNDERWEIGHT, UNHEALTHY WOMAN THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BAD ABOUT YOURSELF. THANKS ISRAEL!
by glitterstars456 on 4/5/2012 10:05:44 PM
The U.S should really adopt this law. Many girls are self concious about their bodies and compare themselves to the super skinny fashion models. It doesn/t really help when a n overweight girl hopes to be big in the fashion industry... By adopting this law, girls will see that they are beautiful they way thay are and no body is built the same.
by babygirl1265 on 4/5/2012 9:55:50 PM
It's bad to be underweight, but it's bad to be overweight too. Don't be dissing just on the skinny girls. I'm underweight and I eat like a pig. Some people can't help that they're naturally skinny. If obese people are proud of their "curves", can't I be proud of my bones? Or am I supposed to feel bad that I'm not curvy? That kills MY self-esteem.
by raininghippos on 4/5/2012 9:52:45 PM
by LoveHappens on 4/5/2012 9:29:36 PM
u.s. should so get this law!!!!!
by Milkdog64 on 4/5/2012 9:17:35 PM
@natalyc none of those ladies are ugly therefore calling them 'ugly skeletons' is a little uncalled.
personally i think GL should stop high-fiving these types of things because it does hurt a lot of people. You basically could've just said, "hey all you naturally skinny girls, go out and eat a hamburger because it's not right to be that skinny". Me and so many other girls look like these models not because we want to, it's just how we naturally are, bones and all. Also it would be morally wrong to to ban super overweight models on runways because it's RUDE! So why ban the skinny girls. Just saying
by Doee13 on 4/5/2012 8:55:18 PM
rafidoggie- anyone with a BMI below 18.5 is under the normal range and therefore unhealthy. I'm not saying that they are banning the normal sized models, I was saying that if their going to ban the unhealthy extremely underweight models that glorify the eating disorder-filled life that they should also ban the extremely overweight models that make it seem okay to be 300 pounds when your supposed to be half of that.
by guitargirl7321 on 4/5/2012 8:52:00 PM
by LoveHappens on 4/5/2012 8:48:45 PM
Models can be a lil more realistic now
by colorqueen101 on 4/5/2012 7:59:53 PM
We need that law!!!
by coldplay12 on 4/5/2012 7:46:45 PM
GL isn't saying that skinny is bad, they're saying that some of the models starve themselves and don't eat, therefore making the teenagers and young women that around the models influenced to be like them, or they are like 'outcasts' or 'uncool' because they don't have the straving skinny body of those around them.... Just saying....
by buzzingbee on 4/5/2012 7:36:38 PM
This is really great. This will boost the young girls in Isreal's self-esteem. I second this!
by katgrace11 on 4/5/2012 7:36:26 PM
Heck yeah. That is great!!!!
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by future_artist on 4/5/2012 6:35:28 PM
To me their is difference between naturally skinny and trying to BE skinny. Being naturally skinny is something us girls can't change...its just how we were made and hereditary. While on the other hand, trying to be skinny on purpose is VERY unhealthy, which is practically commercial models are doing today. I believe those models that are trying to become skinny just to fit in those size 00 jeans or that extra small bikini is just ridiculous. Beauty is in everyone...and you don't have to prove it by changing your looks or weight. So in my opinion, yes, the United States should get this law. I'm pretty sure the government can tell the difference when someone is naturally skinny or they have been dieting for the past few weeks. Being skinny on purpose is not everything...being yourself and keeping a good weight/diet has better benefits.
by MusicTaughtMeHowToLive on 4/5/2012 6:30:01 PM
I totally agree with livvirox12. I've always been naturally really skinny, and I've always tried to eat well and exercise a lot. Though I've never tried to put myself on a diet or anything like that! My doctor says that I am perfectly healthy, even though all BMI calculators say I'm underweight. But it all depends on your body type and frame. Someone my same height might weigh 50 lb more than me and still be perfectly healthy! In the end, I'm still really glad they passed this law and I hope the U.S. considers doing something like this in the future.
by RowanK on 4/5/2012 6:07:55 PM
TOTES! WE NEED THAT LAW!
by THawesome! on 4/5/2012 6:04:18 PM
OMG i am so happy! this is such a coincidence cuz my sis told me her friend was going to send a picture with a girl looking at herself in the mirror. the reflection was herself looking a good weight and healthy and happy. but the person looking at the reflection was anorexic. she was going to send it to a magizine telling them this is what you are doing to poeple
by owlzrock on 4/5/2012 5:43:15 PM
great? so they'll ban unhealthy overweight models too?
by svds on 4/5/2012 5:40:52 PM
Now how about the US! Anyone want to 2nd that
by oreolover123 on 4/5/2012 5:30:28 PM
guitargirl7321, It's not that Israel is banning models who don't fit the normal weight. They are banning models with a BMI of under 18.5 (not a range, just a minimum), and this is to prevent the spread of eating disorders in models and those who view the ads, not to be unfair to the models.
by rafidoggie on 4/5/2012 5:18:39 PM
i think models should be declared healthy by a doctor before they model, not necessarily a normal weight, just a healthy weight.
by luve2cheer on 4/5/2012 4:49:03 PM
I'm glad they past that law. Most people develop eating disorders after realizing how under weight and skinny the models are =(
by music191 on 4/5/2012 4:36:23 PM
I'm not saying that banning the models is bad, because i think it would be great for many girls out there. But just because a girl is underweight doesn't mean she's unhealthy, or that there's something wrong w/her. I've been underweight my whole life but i'm perfectly fine and healthy. how are the girls who can't help being underweight supposed to feel now?
by livvirox12 on 4/5/2012 4:33:35 PM
i love this ban!! the u.s should adopt it to because now girls wont look at models and think "wow why cant i be that skinny?" when girls think like that it usually makes then do crazy things to lose weight and get that skinny.this ban will help girls feel good about their natural beauty and body!
by SKYRIM78 on 4/5/2012 4:12:19 PM
what about the 300 lb "plus size" models?? although it isn't healthy to be anorexic, it isn't healthy to shove mcdonalds down your throat either. i think that if they are banning skinny models they should ban fat ones too, models should just be NORMAL sizes (like sizes 3-5 or so)
by guitargirl7321 on 4/5/2012 3:27:02 PM
Yes! Finally, now young women can stop looking at themselfs and say, "Why can't I be as skinny as her??" and go onto eating disorders, depression, ect.
by sunnybubbles on 4/5/2012 2:00:53 PM
I don't think any county should "ban" underweight models. If you are underweight it does not mean you have an eating disorder or body issue's. It just means you were born this way. I think not model's instead of trying to loose weight in an unhealthy way (I.e anorexia, bulimia)to be the "perfect model" will now try to gain weight in unhealthy ways (I.e binge eating.) Putting weight restrictions on any model, whether its because you are to heavy or to underweight is not okay. Embrace every body type, because putting a law on underweight models does not solve the body issues they have.
by wednesday1408 on 4/5/2012 2:00:16 PM
YES. i commend u Israel! See Angie and Demi (Moore), you don't have to be 90 pounds!!!
by soccerlover99 on 4/5/2012 1:49:57 PM
prasie the lord! it is about time! the us should def adopt this law!!!
by foodiejr99 on 4/5/2012 1:47:58 PM
To all of the comments that say that some girls are skinny because they have a fast metabolism, I'm with you, because I'm really skinny and it's annoying when ppl are like, "Oh you're so SKINNY!" But this law dosn't ban skinny models, it bans UNDERWEIGHT models. There is a big difference. If you are skinny because that's your body type, that's healthy. If you are skinny because you are starving yourself, that's underweight.
by spencer9800 on 4/5/2012 1:20:01 PM
YEAH GO ISREAL!!!!!! we need laws like that. we should not be picturing images of skinny underweight girls. lets think healthy and in shape!!!!
by amileofroses on 4/5/2012 12:59:54 PM
@horsie9000 & @dancingqueen96 - GL isn't saying that being skinny is a bad thing. But a lot of models DO terrible things to themselves to appear to be perfect.
With a fast metabolism, there ARE things that you can do. It may be a medical condition, but there are a lot of things that can be done about it.
And if you want to be a model, GO FOR IT! GL never said that if your slim, then you cannot be a model. It clearly states in many of their articles that you can be a model, actress, celebrity, etc. without going to extraordinary measures to be skinny! <3
I'm sorry, but I'm tired of GL's words being twisted around to say something terrible.
by fungirl123 on 4/5/2012 12:58:26 PM
I love the fact that this is actually a law because im a thick girl and it is hard for me to lose weight because im so lazy
by liagem11 on 4/5/2012 12:51:01 PM
There is no "ban" on any body type. You are allowed to look however you want, as long as you are trying to put an unhealthy notion out there that the only pretty kind of body is the ridiculously skinny kind. If you were a model in Israel, and you're very skinny, then as long as the doctor said that you were healthy then you would be allowed to model.
by Fly1213 on 4/5/2012 12:38:25 PM
Hey guess what GL! In your mag, whenever it has girls in swim suites. They ALWAYS look super skinny. You're sending mixed messages.
by glass-tears on 4/5/2012 12:37:18 PM
Totally, U.S! HELLO, I am Jewish and I really want to go to Israel. It's good to know some people have good heads on their shoulders in places!
by JewCrewDDMS on 4/5/2012 11:58:12 AM
Yay, I am so happy since I always protested the way in all the magazines they have skinny girls with an unhealthy look. YAAAY!
by radiogirl on 4/5/2012 11:47:31 AM
the united states should pass this law too. so many people are worried about their weight when they shouldn't be. i mean it's not healthy at all.
by musikluvr17 on 4/5/2012 11:27:38 AM
I already knew about this law though, in the tv news
by natalyc on 4/5/2012 11:20:43 AM
Yes I AGREE lol U.S needs to adopt this law as well, not that I'm asking for obese models, just thin models but healthy thin models, not ugly skeletons that make people dislike the brand they are modeling for
by natalyc on 4/5/2012 11:20:12 AM
I <3 this new law! Hats off to Israel, I say! The US should totally adopt this new law! I mean what's not to love? It gives girls different people to model after. Healthy ones, so they don't go starving themselves to look that skinny(trust me I know some of these people! Thank Ra I got them to stop!)
by lavlo on 4/5/2012 10:50:04 AM
THANK YOU!! i love how they r doing this! now it just needs to happen in america!
by susper on 4/5/2012 10:12:51 AM
They need to do this in the U.S. and EVERYWHERE else!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by MadMaddie911 on 4/5/2012 10:08:17 AM
Im so glad to hear this! Girls my age should not be so fixated on being super skinny. Just be who you are, you're gorgeous!
by 2sprinkles2 on 4/5/2012 9:51:37 AM
Yes!!!!!! The U.S. so needs to adopt this law! Could you imagine what it would be like actually seeing healthy girls struttin' their stuff instead of the poor anorexic ones! so hope we adopt it!!
by physicschick on 4/5/2012 9:39:00 AM
This is sooo great!! And YES the U.S should!!!!
by chick987 on 4/5/2012 9:37:57 AM
YAY! GO ISRAEL! thanks, GL, for putting this out!
by sweettooth825 on 4/5/2012 9:31:04 AM
Yay, first comment!!!!!!!!!!! but i def think the US needs to create a law like this too. Because isn't America even worse about what teenage girls think of their body image? Something like this could really change the outlook...
by kenzi143 on 4/5/2012 9:11:10 AM
I think that is fair, but in some ways, not so. Some girls (like me) happen to be naturally very slim, but healthy. What happens if we want to be models? Just a thought
by horsie9000 on 4/5/2012 9:10:23 AM
I find it ridiculous to "ban" any body type. I'm tired of people saying that society expects you to be thin- I've seen so many articles on how disgusting it is to be skinny. Have you ever actually seen someone actually say they promote being underweight? I'm glad I'm not an Israeli model, because I'm what a doctor would consider underweight, not because I'm anorexic, not because the media pressured me to be that way, but because I have a fast metabolism and there is really nothing I can do about it. Its a medical condition and I didnt choose it. GL should know that all body types are beautiful- yes, even super skinny.
by dancingqueen96 on 4/5/2012 8:55:16 AM
this is the best thing I ever saw! Israel is the best for that law!!!
by jerseybatgirl on 4/5/2012 8:49:46 AM
I love you, Israel!!!!! And yea i hope that U.S. adopts this law...except our fashion industry wouldn't like it one bit
by BBMarie on 4/5/2012 7:26:04 AM
by LilyBS123 on 4/5/2012 4:52:06 AM
This is a great idea. And yeah U.S govt should do the same. I 100% support it
by rawraerin on 4/5/2012 1:31:25 AM
Yep I think the u.s. should have that law too! I get it some people are naturally skinny but like you said, the models are sending a bad message!!
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