Law tackles thin fashion

TEL AVIV. A new Israeli law is trying to fight the spread of eating disorders by banning underweight models from local advertising.

TEL AVIV. A new Israeli law is trying to fight the spread of eating disorders by banning underweight models from local advertising.

The legislation also requires publications to disclose when they use altered images to make people look thinner.

The ban appears to be the first time a government has used legislation to take on a fashion industry accused of abetting eating disorders by idealising extreme thinness. It could be a model for other countries grappling with the spread of anorexia and bulimia, particularly among young women.

The law's sponsor, Dr Rachel Adato, compares the battle against eating disorders with the struggle against smoking. Critics say the legislation should have focused on models' health, not weight.

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