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“Thin” doesn’t always mean “Healthy”!

There has been dozens and dozens of years already since the world of media, advertising, fashion and show business makes us believe that the “super thin” lovely woman (who could stroll under the sun without shadow) is the one to mystify and take as example by all women of the world. These people want us to believe that such women are without problems or worries. But the truth is quite different since it becomes increasingly clear that these thin women are those who suffer the most from anorexia and even from malnutrition! And so, these women are not the idols that we must look for and follow. Instead, those that we must appreciate are rather the women who know how to eat healthily and how to preserve their good health.

It’s for this reason that I wanted to share with you today the following news which was published by the Anadolu Agency on April 3, 2015 under the title “France bans underweight models”. This news is summarized as follows:

From now on, “modeling agencies employing extremely thin models in terms of body mass index may be charged with up to 75,000 euro as well as six months imprisonment”. This was the main statement put ahead by the Anatolu Agency which also states that the French National Assembly has just adopted the bill supported by the Health Minister, Mrs. Marisol Touraine, who wants to punish models having a BMI that’s below the levels defined by the highest health authorities. Consequently, France has set at 18 the lower end of the BMI that models should preserve in order to be able to parade on the podium. Thus, a model weighing 55 kg and measuring 1.75 m for example “will no longer be authorized to carry on modeling activity”. Furthermore, the WHO considers a BMI between 16.5 and 18.5 as that of a “thin” person and a BMI of less than 16.5 as that of a person who became anorexic or undernourished. Finally, we should note that in France there are between 30,000 and 40,000 people who suffer from anorexia nervosa which is defined as a behavioral disorder the sufferer of which voluntarily deprives himself/herself of a healthy diet in order to work as a fashion model or else.

This being said, I leave it to you, dear ladies, to put a conclusion to this news! Is being thin really what you should be looking for? Or is it the weight which is considered correct in terms of nutrition and health? Personally, I recommend and I prefer to choose the second option.

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