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The Talker: Israel bans skinny models

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A law just passed in Israel is not about taxes, spending or foreign policy -- but the whole world is talking about it.

The new year brought a new law that bans models with a body mass index less than 18.5 from advertisements in Israeli media, including newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and websites. That means a model who is 5' 9'' needs to weigh at least 125 pounds. This is the same standard the World Health Organization uses for malnutrition.

Luckily for Israel's most famous model, Bar Rafaeli, she meets the new standards.

They also banned airbrushing, so advertisers won't be able to change the photos and make the women look thinner.

The law was enacted to combat an uptick in eating disorders in Israel. Supporters say the goal is to change a culture that promotes unhealthy, unnatural thinness. They say images of rail-thin models lead young women into anorexia, bulimia and other illness.

Critics say the focus should be on health, not weight and some models say they naturally have low BMIs.

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