Monday, April 14, 2008
France is considering taking drastic steps to cut down on eating disorders. A new law may be passed that would make it illegal to promote being underweight in a positive manner, such as running a pro-ana website, using dangerously underweight models in fashion shows, or demanding actors lose weight in order to be in a movie. All these actions would be punishable by law. "Dangerously underweight" would be determined by the BMI of the model/actress, with less than 18.5 being considered underweight, and less than 17.5 as a sign of starvation. Perpetuating unhealthy body images could get someone landed in jail for up to three years, or they would have to pay fines.
Interesting. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this new law. I mean, I can understand regulating the BMIs of models and actresses - I think that can actually be a pretty positive thing for society. And I have always thought that pro-ana websites are disgusting. It would just take a lot of strict enforcement to really make this law effective, and the law itself needs to have clear regulations, so it doesn't go so far as to infringe on basic rights, like freedom of speech. But maybe this could be a step in the right direction. What do you all think?