France Passes New Law That Bans Thin Models
On Friday, 4/3/2015, a law was passed in France by the government that bans ‘skinny’ or excessively thin models and that also includes jail time for those who hire them. All France based models will now have to present a medical certificate to show their BMI approval of a minimum of 18 before being hired for a job.
The BMI for a person is defined as their body mass divided by the square of their height—with the value universally being given in units of kg/m2. So if the weight is in kilograms and the height in metres, the result is immediate, if pounds and inches are used, a conversion factor of 703 (kg/m2)/(lb/in2) must be applied.