THIN is not in, not in Israel anyway. The country may pass a law requiring all models to undergo weigh-ins every six months to ensure they are not underweight. One of Israel's most successful fashion photographers, Mr Adi Barkan, discovered the true scale of the problem when a television company filmed him searching for new faces. 

Of the 12,000 aspiring models he auditioned, Mr Barkan found that 1,644 were so thin that they should have been hospitalised. Many who were 1.7m tall weighed just 35kg to 40kg. If the law passes, all the women on modelling agency's books must have a body mass index (BMI) - a height-to-body fat ratio - of at least 19.

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Should models in every country be submitted to weigh-ins to make sure they aren`t underweight?
THIN is not in, not in Israel anyway. The country may pass a law requiring all models to undergo weigh-ins every six months to ensure they are not underweight. One of Israel`s most successful fashion photographers, Mr Adi Barkan, discovered the true scale of the problem when a television company filmed him searching for new faces.

Of the 12,000 aspiring models he auditioned, Mr Barkan found that 1,644 were so thin that they should have been hospitalised. Many who were 1.7m tall weighed just 35kg to 40kg. If the law passes, all the women on modelling agency`s books must have a body mass index (BMI) - a height-to-body fat ratio - of at least 19.

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 2:57:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's a great idea! It's sad what people do to themselves in order to be accepted!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 4:40:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
That would be perfect!!

Pictures like that one^Are just sickening!

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 4:45:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
That'd be good. It just gets to the point where you can barely look at them anymore.. something has to be done.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 6:46:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
What kind of system are we going by when we classify someone as too underweight to be a model?

I'd say that, going by the classic ideal weight charts (which is usually something like 100lbs at 5' and then 5lbs for every inch over), all models (barring plus size models) would be considered underweight. Hell, according to those charts I'm even a few pounds underweight and I'm definitely not.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 6:47:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think thats a good idea and some models just take being skinny too far!!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 6:49:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
"If the law passes, all the women on modelling agency's books must have a body mass index (BMI) - a height-to-body fat ratio - of at least 19. "

Mine is 20, I guess I could be a model afterall!

No, I don't agree with this. There are definitely models that are too thin and they should be kept out of shows, but someone with a BMI of 19 simply wouldn't look that good on a runway. Fashion designers like thinner women to model because the cloths sor hang off of them and you can see the clothes more clearly.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 7:05:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Brilliant idea! Let the stupid women throw up their last meal WITHOUT the benefit of an approving public.

And of course, men like curves on a woman. proper round curvy, curvy...sorry, was I drooling?

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/26/05 - 10:24:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it's disgusting to see people that thin.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/4/05 - 2:06:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
oh please, the only people who care that models are too thin are fat women who "cant be bothered" to exercize or eat right. if someone wants to be that skinny, thats up to them. i dont see any laws saying that people cant weigh OVER a certain amount, even though over 87% of the american population is obese, while 13% are MORBIDLY obese. and you think skinny people are hard to look at? try sitting in a booth next to an entire family of fat people at a buffet restuarant while their 80 lb 4 year old trys to eat his plate.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 2:28:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^ Good God woman, is that what you think? Sheesh, I think someone needs to take their head out of their a** and take a good look round (meaning no offence of course. Ahem).

"oh please, the only people who care that models are too thin are fat women who "cant be bothered" to exercize or eat right"

Really? Is that right? So, every single person up there on this board... is fat? Every SINGLE one? Wow. Never woulda thunk it.

"87% of the american population is obese, while 13% are MORBIDLY obese"

lol, honey, that's 100%. Sounds good (*snort*) but no one will believe that. Where do the stick thin models come into that? And the skinny teenagers? And the adults and children at an ordinary weight? Do they only fill 0.1 or even 0.01% of the population? Funny, that. I went over on holidays there once… I guess all of the skinny people must have been holidaying there at the same time.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 2:28:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
And all of the skinny people must be working as actors and actresses, cuz most American movies only have thin people in them.

And I could continue, but I couldn’t be bothered. I’m fat, apparently, and I “can’t be bothered.”

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 2:56:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't agree with this... BMIs are rather arbitrary (most nutritionalists will admit that they are to some degree). A lower number would perhaps make more sense, because the set BMI of 19 is just the arbitrary border itself, and a little below it isn't necessarily harmful. My BMI isn't much over 19, and I'm not unhealthy as a result by any means...
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 4:08:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
As a female who has suffered from anorexia and, thank God, recovered, I can honestly say we really need to alter our perception of what it is to be "beautiful". I think it's a great idea to not focus solely on skinny women since underweight models have proven to be a negative influence on young girls whom are at the most inpressionable and self-conscious times of their lives, however, I don't think we should exclude thin models either. Not all women have curves; some are naturally thin-built. There should be models of ALL TYPES: thin, fat, pear-shaped, muscular, etc., to demonstrate that we are all different yet those variations are what makes us uniquely beautiful.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:07:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Interestingly enough, last week we went along to an F1 special event complete with cars and those skimpy models which slide off the paintwork. My husband couldn't believe how stick-like these girls were, how unattractive they looked, how sprayed their hair was or how thick their make-up was. It was the first time he'd been so close to these types of models and was completely un-impressed. However, a few days later, photographs of them appeared in the paper and the girls look spectacular. It's amazing what the camera can do. Even so, he still said they were as shapely as surfboards.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:13:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
No no, "we" don't need to alter our perception of beauty, women do. Men don't like skinny women. Check out any mainstream cinema for adult viewing magazine if you don't believe me. I gaurantee the women in there getting their kit off will have proper curves and a BMI in excess of 19. The skinny ones who look as if they last ate in the early 90's appear in WOMEN'S magazines. Men aren't interested in the Jodie Kidd's of the world.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:17:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
^ Damn Right! Say it again, only louder so all the teenage girls can hear you.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:22:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would, but they're usually too wrapped up in the current fad diet to listen to a damn word...

Have a cheeseburger girls, you'll be amazed how good you feel. And if Mars bars make you overweight, stick one up your arse and get the neighbour's rottwieler to chase it.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 1:18:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Saying that all men dislike skinny is a major generalization. Some guys perceive thin as beauty also. I have a couple of guy friends that suffer from eating disorders themselves. One is about 5'6", couldn't weigh more than 110 pounds, and hates to eat. And who do you think a lot of these fashion designers are? Calvin Klein doesn't sounds like a chick's name to me. Men are just as guilty of being weight snobs as women.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:36:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^ does anyone know the conversion of pounds to kilos? Please? I've forgotten.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:38:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's a good idea, but I don't think you can force any change like this.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 6:11:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
For breebree http://www.onlineconversion.com/

100 kilogram = 220.4622622 pound

1 kilogram = 2.2046226 pound

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 6:51:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow. I know I'm short, but I had no idea I'm also underweight.

Being a healthy individual on the wrong side of the required BMI, I'm going to have to disagree. Someone with a body mass index of under 19 isn't necessarily underweight.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 7:18:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
What's sad is that we continue to define health by body image. Someone can be naturally very thin, healthy and "underweight".
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/12/05 - 7:28:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
that picture is gross. someone needs to give her a hamburger
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/13/05 - 5:29:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Weight isn't the only thing that needs to be checked--like soul said, body mass index and body fat also need to be taken into consideration.

Of course, if you can see the girl's ribs through her skin, she should be automatically disqualified.


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