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Israeli law bans underweight models

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JERUSALEM -

A new Israeli law is taking on eating disorders.

It bans underweight models from catwalks and commercials.

The law uses Body Mass Index, a way of estimating healthy weight, to decide who can model, and who can't.

Israeli lawmakers adopted the legislation in March 2012 stipulating that fashion and commercial models should have a body-mass index of at least 18.5. A 5-foot-8 adult weighing 120 pounds, for instance, has a BMI of 18.2, disqualifying her -- or him -- from pursuing a modeling career in this country of nearly 8 million people.

Spain and Australia have already set minimum weight limits for certain fashion shows.