Our young women don't have enough to worry about it seems. A Web site in England is causing a stir, upsetting many parents and others.
MissBimbo.com is a "game" of fashion and hairstyles, and it also offers breast enlargements and diet pills. The site lets users to create a character using credit cards and mobile phone text messages to buy "bimbo dollars" enabling to feed and clothe their creation. But there's more than fashion for sale. Feed the character the wrong things, and the site will warn you your character will become overweight, and in the context of the game, offers diet pills as a remedy.
I wouldn't want my patients or my children to be looking at material like this," says Dee Dawson, medical director of an anorexia clinic. "There are going to be many children who take this very, very seriously and think that to manipulate somebody's image like this is the norm."
In two months it has attracted more than 200,000 registered users, the majority over 18, but some of them young teens and even a nine year old.