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Spain limits 'thin' clothing sizes

24th January 2007

Spain has signed a deal with the fashion industry regulating clothing sizes for women, in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the desire for thinness on women's health.

Health minister Elena Salgado signed the agreement with fashion designers and clothing manufacturers, which includes a survey of 8,500 women to be carried out by the National Consumers Association.

Under the agreement a new study will be carried to see what are the most common sizes among Spanish women. Size 46 (approximately a size 18 in the UK, size 16 in the US) will no longer be considered ‘special’, and showroom dummies will not be allowed smaller than size 38 (approximately a size 10 in the UK, size 8 in the US).

The study will measure 8,500 women aged between 12 and 70 and will be carried out by the National Consumers Institute.

Salgado said the beauty stereotype sometimes promoted by the fashion industry, associated with excessive thinness, was not attainable by the majority of people, and that in extreme cases could contribute to serious health problems.

 

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