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18.5 and over

March 21, 2012

It all started with doctors and women’s rights groups protesting against unhealthy skinny models. In 2006 the Spanish Association of Fashion Designers was the first to ban overly thin models from the catwalks. That decision provoked outrage among modelling agencies, but did not stop the trend. Now Israel is following the lead.

From Monday on, male and female models in Israel are obliged to have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 18.5 or cannot participate in the fashion shows and ads. BMI is used by the World Health Organisation to classify underweight, overweight and obesity of adults. It is calculation based on height and weight. For example, a person who weighs 70kg and is 1.75m tall will have a BMI of 22.9.

Despite being criticised for not corresponding to the same degree of fatness, BMI is the next best thing to measure nutritional status of adults. The benchmark required in Spain and Israel is no coincidence, since normal range spans from 24.99 to 18.5, later being mark for underweight. Let’s hope the trend will set a new tone of healthy, beautiful women.

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From → Hic Salta

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