Bill, Please!

In today’s culture, everywhere we turn there are numerous amounts of skinny models and actors in advertisements, on the television, and in movies. These models are idealized by individuals across the country that wish to have a figure just like them. It happens not only in the states, but overseas as well. Emi Boscamp, editor of Mind Body Green, explains that France is apparently close to passing a bill that would ban very thin models from being presented in advertisements as well as fashion shows. If true, this could possibly conclude that the media does in fact have something to do with individuals having a negative body image of themselves. Passing this bill would make unattainable beauty standards so out of fashion that it will be illegal.

The main reason why I provided this article is to identify the health problems along with thin models in the media. In France, it is estimated that 30,000-40,000 individuals suffer from anorexia, and of those ninety percent consist of young women. The health minister of France believes that it is important for models to truly be able to say that they eat well and take care of themselves. I believe this is greatly important, especially in our country. In 2014, it was estimated that around 78.6 million Americans are suffering from obesity. Personally, I believe to help aid these individuals, we first have to start off with great role models. Especially in our culture we idealize celebrities and models so much that we often wish to be just like them. We take the time to change our diets and go to the gym every day of the week to do so. I believe in the United States were to pass a bill like so, it would greatly affect the idea of how the “perfect” body should look like. Ultimately, I would hope that this bill would embrace more full figured models and show universal body types in the world.

What the companies who convey these ideas do not understand the consequences that it has on society, much less do they really care. In France, on the other hand, companies who hire skinny models would be fined 75,000 euros ($80,000). Not only would they pay the price, but whoever was responsible for hiring the models could possibly go to jail. The classifications of what a thin model is having a body mass of at least 18 (about 121 pounds at 5 feet 7 inches). Again, American companies are very serious of course when it comes to their money, not only that but their freedom as well. If this bill were to be passed, it would seem quite obvious that a decrease in thin models and anorexics would occur. It is sad to think that people have to be threaten to lose money and be sent to jail to realize that the models they use are actually having negative effects on individuals all across the world.

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