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    Miss Bimbo website promotes extreme diets and surgery to 9-year-olds - Times Online

    A website that encourages girls as young as 9 to embrace plastic surgery and extreme dieting in the search for the perfect figure was condemned as lethal by parents’ groups and healthcare experts yesterday.
    The Miss Bimbo internet game has attracted prepubescent girls who are told to buy their virtual characters breast enlargement surgery and to keep them “waif thin” with diet pills.
    Healthcare professionals, a parents’ group and an organisation representing people suffering anorexia and bulimia criticised the website for sending a dangerous message to impressionable children.
    In the month since it opened the site, which is aimed at girls aged from 9 to 16, has attracted 200,000 members. Players keep a constant watch on the weight, wardrobe, wealth and happiness of their character to create “the coolest, richest and most famous bimbo in the world”. Competing against other children they earn “bimbo dollars” to buy plastic surgery, diet pills, facelifts, lingerie and fashionable nightclub outfits.
    The website sparked controversy when it was introduced in France, where it attracted 1.2 million players.
    Dee Dawson, the medical director of Rhodes Farm Clinic, which treats girls aged from 8 to 18 who suffer eating disorders, said: “This is as lethal as pro-anorexia websites. A lot of children will get caught up with the extremely damaging and appalling messages.”
    Susan Ringwood, the chief executive of Beat, an organisation that supports those suffering eating disorders, said that the website could make girls believe that weight and body size manipulation were acceptable.
    The Miss Bimbo site was set up by Nicholas Jacquart, a French entrepreneur. He moved to Tooting, South London, recently and with a 30-year-old businessman called Chris Evans set up Ouza Ltd to promote the website in Britain.
    Its introduction came as research showed that children as young as 6 were developing acute eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Yesterday it emerged that increasing numbers of teenagers were undergoing breast enlargement surgery.
    Registration on the Miss Bimbo site is free but it makes money by charging £1.50 per text message to buy “dollars” to spend on the characters. On the rules section it states that despite contestants wanting “to keep your bimbo waif thin . . . every girl needs to eat, every now and again”. It suggests feeding the character to prevent her dying of starvation.
    Bill Hibberd, a spokesman for Parentkind, a parents’ group, said: “Children’s innocence should be protected as far as possible. It depends on the mindset of the child but the danger is that after playing the game some will then aspire to have breast operations and take diet pills.
    “The danger is that a nine-year-old girl fails to appreciate the irony and sees the bimbo as a cool role model. Then the game becomes a hazard and a menace.”

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    *shrug* i fail to care. maybe more stupid kids will die and act as a little bleach in the gene pool.

    not everyone is bright enough to survive.
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    The website is outrageous, but it's not like nine year olds will manage to pay for the surgery themselves.

    Have parents forgotten the existence of the word "NO"?
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    Yes they have, so fuck them too. Maybe their kids' retardation will kill them as well.
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    ^We can only hope!
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    if your 9 year-old kid is on the internet unsupervised, you have bigger problems than the miss bimbo website.
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    exactly. i live in L.A. with a bunch of spoiled-rotten brats running around and none of them ever hear the word, "NO"! And thats a huge problem nowadays for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    if your 9 year-old kid is on the internet unsupervised, you have bigger problems than the miss bimbo website.
    Exactly.

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    Sounds very tacky, but then so are barbies and those bratz dolls, and like Aella said, some parents need to say NO

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    This site was developed by two British MEN; that about says it all. It's fucking sick.

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    I'm not surprised. Disgusted, yes. But not surprised.

    It all depends on how stupid the individual is too. I went to pro anorexia sites before and the images made me reach for the nearest hamburger.

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