Forced to Be Fat
In Mauritania, where big is beautiful and stretch marks are sexy, young girls are brutally force-fed a diet of up to 16,000 calories a day more than four times that of a male bodybuilder to prepare them for marriage.

“Tijanniya wants to become a French teacher, but Elhacen says her parents have already arranged a marriage for her. “Her job will be to make babies and be a soft, fleshy bed for her husband to lie on.” To this end, she intends to fast-track Tijanniya’s weight gain by serving her cups of pure animal fat. “The stomach flab should cascade, the thighs should overlap, and the neck should have thick ripples of fat,” says Elhacen. The ultimate sign of beauty, however, is silvery stretch marks on the arms. “Parents will give me a bonus if a girl develops stretch marks."”

This is the most revolting thing I have ever read in my entire life, and it’s a totally legal practice. It’s sickening what these girls go through, and it is a practice that needs to be immediately stopped. It’s child abuse, it’s dangerous, and it’s extremely wrong.