Daily Mail, by Keiligh Baker for MailOnline, November 23, 2016.

A phone app which slims down children’s faces to make them ‘prettier and more handsome’ has been slammed as ‘disturbing’ by leading charities.

The brightly coloured Slim Booth app lets youngsters change the shape of their eyes, ears and chin to make them look more like celebrities when they take selfies.

The makers even use the image of a blonde-haired girl to plug the controversial app – which is available on iTunes and aimed at children as young as four – and say it is a quick and affordable alternative to plastic surgery.

But charities have criticised the app and say they fear it could lead children to develop eating disorders.

An NSPCC spokesman said: ‘To encourage young people to see whether they look “prettier or more handsome” with a slimmer face sends a disappointing message in itself.

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