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Want to Model in France? You'll Need a Doctor's Note

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France's efforts to ban models who are unhealthily skinny continued yesterday. While the country had previously considered using BMI to weed out models who were too skinny, the country has instead adopted a law that relies on doctors, The Guardian reports. France has adopted a bill that requires models to show a certificate of good health from a doctor. The bill also stipulates that all publications must mark images that have been Photoshopped as "touched up."

Although France has moved past simply using BMI as an indicator for health, it still remains part of the equation. The bill states that models's health, "assessed in particular in terms of body mass index, is compatible with the practice of the [modeling] profession."

Employers who violate the law can face up to six months in prison and a fine of 75,000 Euros ($82,000).

The adopted bill does not include the ban on websites that promote bulimia and anorexia, as previous versions of the proposed law did.