Kate Harding created this very cool slide show to show just how absurd it is to rely on body mass index to determine whether or not people are at a healthy weight.
BTW — I did not “miss” blogging yesterday. February 29 was the only “day of rest” for Blog365, so I took it 🙂 It felt odd, though!
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.