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models should not be allowed on the job unless they have been medically declared a healthy weight

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Started: 11/8/2017 Category: Fashion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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- inspired by the recent implementation in France.
- Recently in France, a set of regulations were implemented to help with the worldwide body image crisis as well as the health of the models. Models are now required a doctor's medical note stating that that the model's BMI is in the normal range for their age/height. - not only is this going to promote more healthful body ideology, but it will also save lives in the process.


While the idea of fostering a healthy body image throughout the world is an exemplary idea, regulation directly opposes personal liberty (freedom). Regulations like this exist to control the personal behaviors of citizens and should not exist among free people. A nation fostering freedom should never restrict free-will or individual liberty of citizens.

US citizens have the right to pursue happiness. What makes a person happy is entirely a personal opinion. Perhaps some choose to be happy by eating too much and not exercising. The medical condition for this extreme is called obese. On the opposite side of the spectrum are people who are quite skinny for their height. Some doctors may argue such conditions are unhealthy, however, as adult citizens they have the right to eat - or not eat - as they choose. Regardless of one's Body Mass Index (BMI), people can be successful at both extremes.

The hiring company, and likely the entire industry, will suffer from regulations like these. Companies should be allowed to hire or fire models (employees) anytime for any reason. If a photographer thinks a model does not look "right" for their line of clothing, the model is fired and another is hired on the spot. If this regulation were to be adopted by the US, companies would likely face wrongful-discharge law suits from models after being fired provided the models maintained a BMI within the healthy limits and brought their doctor's note to work.

The quandary proposed is, "How can a clothing company hire models for plus sizes and skinny sizes?" Essentially, the only models permitted to work have to be an average healthy weight. Such a model could not fit into a size zero dress and anything above a size 20 will never look right. This would cause weight-based discrimination and make it harder for models to find steady work.

Promoting a health body image throughout the world is an honorable goal. Regulating the height and weight of models restricts freedom and we should find a better way to achieve this goal.
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Posted by ViceRegent 2 years ago
I love how tyrannical millennials are. Though they cannot run their own lives worth a spit, they want to run everyone else's. No, moron, I do not need your permission to live my life as I want.
Posted by intelligent365 2 years ago
People should be healthy before they commit themselves to a job however you should not outright say they need to be a certain weight. Not all modeling is about body size and your comment can be perceived as offensive to many people.
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