A new law has recently passed in France to try and stamp out ‘thinspiration’ websites, thought to encourage eating disorders. Online there are many websites that offer so-called beauty tips to young girls, including tips on starving themselves so they can get thin legs and a ‘thigh gap’.
The new law means those who run sites like these could get a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of €10,000 (£7,344). The punishment is for “provoking people to excessive thinness by encouraging prolonged dietary restrictions that could expose them to a danger of death or directly impair their health.”
There was a second proposal made at the same time that wasn’t passed. This proposal intended to fine or imprison those employing undernourished fashion models. The measure would have required models to give employers medical certificates to prove their Body Mass Index (BMI). This was abandoned as it would violate France’s current employment law on discrimination in job recruitment.