France Targets Anorexia in the Media

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“The French National Assembly has passed a groundbreaking bill which seeks to criminalize the promotion in the media of extreme thinness.” — BBC News

This bill targets Web sites and publications that encourage anorexia among young girls and women.

If the bill is approved in France’s Senate, stiff fines and jail time could result for those seeking to promote extreme thinness by encouraging girls to lie to their doctors and telling them what are the easiest foods to bring back up.

There are more than 40,000 anorexic women in France.

In the U.S. we don’t know how many women are anorexic because most cases are not reported. If you know someone you suspect may have an eating disorder, encourage them to get help. They can contact the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 800-931-2237 or the National Women’s Health Information Center at 800-994-9662.

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3 responses to “France Targets Anorexia in the Media

  1. Hey wonderful to know about the women health information centre. It would be of good help for the women to take help online and also get some suggestions and can save time. This would really help them a lot in maintaining their health.

  2. Do try to distinguish between normally thin people and people with eating disorders. I used to get more crap for being thin when the whole eating disorder frenzy was at its height. Some people do not have eating disorders, they are simply thin, and do not appreciate being targeted and bugged about it any more than people who are naturally heavy do.

  3. Wonderful to see so many people supporting this incredible change. Thank you for offering helpful information to those suffering.

    I’ve compiled an article with some more pictures and information. I talk about the billboard featuring Isabelle Caro, a 27-year old French woman with anorexia who make a brave and bold statement by posing naked on billboards in public places for Fashion Week.. http://ladymadonna.org/2008/04/16/740/

    Thanks for sharing this, Ilana.