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In 2002 the Centers for Disease Control discovered that the average American woman is five feet, four inches tall and weighs 163 pounds, while in 2006 it was discovered that the average female model is five feet, nine inches tall and weighs 110 pounds (Rodenbough Par. 16). Many girls grow up looking at these models thinking that it is necessary to look like them in order to be beautiful. Most of the pictures that they see are photoshopped to unrealistic and unattainable standards, which puts much pressure on these girls. Models give an unrealistic definition of beauty and lower girls’ self esteem because they are too thin, their photos are photoshopped, and they put pressure on girls to be “perfect.” It has been discovered that only about 3% of people are naturally as thin as most models (Catwalk par. 1). They are unrealistically skinny, and some people are beginning to take notice of this problem. A new law in Israel has been passed that states that models must have proof that they meet a minimum BMI of 18.0 in order to get the job. Models who are considered underweight have been banned from all advertising and fashion shows (Catwalk par. 1). Other places around the world that have taken action against the trend of unnaturally thin models include Madrid, Milan, and Sāo Paulo. In these cities models are required to pass a doctor’s examination in order to participate in the runway fashion shows (Rodenbourgh par. 6). Whereas, in London and New York City, two of the fashion capitals of the world, they have decided not to require a doctor’s assessment (Rodenbourgh par. 7). Also in Madrid, Milan, and Sāo Paulo models must have a minimum BMI of 18.0, which is still slightly below the healthy range which is from 18.5-24.9 (Rodenbourgh par. 6). London and New York City have again not enforced these regulations (Rodenbourgh par. 7). Many eating disorder associations in the

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