Sexy pop star Beyonce Knowles has been accused of encouraging children to lose weight, after confessing to an unhealthy diet.

The Destiny's Child babe told a recent magazine interview she eats just six slices of tomato and four slices of cucumber for lunch - and now experts fear young fans will try to copy her.

BRITISH DIABETIC ASSOCIATION expert DR WENDY DOYLE says, "People in the public eye need to be more responsible. They don't always appreciate the impact they have on young girls.

"Children need their calories and nutrition for growth and development."

The singer recently confessed she's so conscious of her weight, she takes a food expert everywhere she tours; "I have to. Photos make you fatter and television adds pounds.

"I go through agonies to keep my stomach flat."

01/09/2003 02:39