"You are Beautiful, No Matter What They Say": Applying an Evidence-Based Approach to Body Image Law

Marilyn Bromberg, Madeleine Hay, Tomas Fitzgerald, Catarina de Freitas

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Abstract

Israeli and French Governments passed Body Image Laws that require models to have a minimum BMI or be of a healthy weight and if an image was modified to make the model appear thinner, it must have a warning. Are these laws merely symbolic, to focus a spotlight on this issue, or can they too have an impact? This article analyses some of the criticisms of the Body Image Laws by applying existing evidence from health research. Ultimately, it argues that there are many flaws with the Body Image Laws and that such a law should not be passed in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-205
JournalIssues in Law and Medicine
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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