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Many people are wondering what other countries are doing about underweight models. It seems that they are handling it way differently than the US. According to Euronews, Israel has blocked its media, websites and catwalk shows from using extremely thin models or those with a low BMI (Body Mass Index).

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The BMI is pretty much used to determine the weight and height of a model. The average BMI is 18.5, anything below that is underweight. Today’s models have a BMI from 14-16. Therefore, Israel is passing a law to protect vulnerable teenagers from eating disorders. According to officials, there has been an estimate of 30 young adults and teenagers dying each year of anorexia or bulimia. Something has to be done! According to CNN, Spain is also taking a stand, they were the first to ban overly thin models at a top-level fashion show and it caused outrages among modeling agencies but it raised restrictions at other venues.

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Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health, rather than “heroin chic look.” A spokesman for the Association of Fashion Designers of Spain spoke of how the main concerns are the quality of the collections, not the size of the models.

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