Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Extreme Thinness - Outlawed!

In USA Today, there was an article recently about a new bill has been passed that makes "excessive thinness" a crime in Paris, France! It could mean a $70,000 fine or three years behind bars. This law is mainly directed toward terrible websites that explain ways become anorexic-thin! French fashion leaders claim that the industry doesn't promote anorexia, yet in 2006, a model from Brazil died of anorexia, and since the terrible incident, the fashion industry in Italy and Spain have cracked down. While you may think that the US doesn't have to worry too much about people being too thin these days, it may be interesting to note that there are 272,000 patients in the US. In France, the total is 30-40,000, though prevalence is far greater in proportion to France's much smaller population. For more information, go to www.usatoday.com

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