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Europeans Continue Coming to Their Senses

About mod­els and the effects of the media on body image in their pop­u­la­tions, at least. Fol­low­ing Spain’s move last year that banned ultra-thin mod­els from cat­walks, France is act­ing. The “French parliament’s lower house adopted a ground­break­ing bill Tues­day that would make it ille­gal for any­one — includ­ing fash­ion mag­a­zi­nes, adver­tis­ers and Web sites — to pub­licly incite extreme thin­ness.”

British researchers are also rec­om­mend­ing action. “With con­stant images of stick-thin, size-zero mod­els, tiny-waisted pop princesses and actresses is putting young girls’ health at risk and fuel­ing the rise in eat­ing dis­or­ders, accord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Janet Trea­sure of the Eat­ing Dis­or­ders Research Unit at Kings Col­lege Lon­don.”

It’s a relief to know that, some­where in the world, peo­ple are pay­ing atten­tion to this stuff. It’s tire­some to hear the con­stant folderol about the “obe­sity epi­demic” here in the U.S., with almost no bal­anc­ing cov­er­age.

Color Clues, or Why Four Blue Sweaters Isn’t Enough

"Another blue sweater? You have four of those. Why not get something different for a change?"

"No, I have navy, cornflower, Williamsburg, and baby blue sweaters. This one is royal blue. That's totally different!"

Okay guys, I know that you thought women were making up some of the color names we use. Chartreuse? Why not say green? And garnet—that's red, right? What's this about plum, amethyst, grape, violet, mauve, and fuschia all being different? They're all purple, aren't they?

No, really, they aren't. We don't make them up just to vex you. They're all very, very different, which is why we would never consider wearing brick red lipstick with a cherry red sweater. Ick!

Now there's help for you. Free help, even!

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Spain bans unhealthily thin models

In a very unpop­u­lar move, Spain has banned appear­ances by fash­ion mod­els who’s body mass index is too low.

Italy is con­sid­er­ing fol­low­ing suit. The lan­guage in the leg­is­la­tion makes it clear that the pur­pose of the ban is to encour­age health­ier media images, due to the grow­ing inci­dence of eat­ing dis­or­ders diag­nosed every year.

Frankly, I can’t begin to imag­ine the U.S. gov­ern­ment even con­sid­er­ing that kind of leg­is­la­tion. We do have a freer press here (on the sur­face, at least), but that doesn’t explain all the dif­fer­ences.