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California Could Adopt France's Healthy Model Law

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A proposed law is requiring models to have a certified doctor's note confirming they are healthy enough to work.

It looks like California could be the next state to pass a law that prevents anorexic models from working.

Assemblyman Marc Levine has proposed new legislation that will require models to have a physician's note confirming that they don't suffer from an eating disorder and are healthy enough to work.

"This is a societal problem as unhealthy models have become role models for young people," said Levine in a statement. "As California often leads the nation and the world, this bill will help assure that our children will see healthy images on magazines and fashion websites."

Levine's proposition follows in the footsteps of similar legislation passed in France last year requiring models to prove they're in good health with a certified note from a doctor. Levine's bill also points out that Italy, Israel and Spain have also passed such legislation.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (otherwise known as CFDA) has also tried to address the concerns over extremely thin models. In 2007, the organization formed its health initiative to provide education and build awareness around the issue.

While the proposed California law doesn't require models to meet a certain BMI requirement, it would require The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and the State Department of Public Health to adopt health standards for models.

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