2. Mauritania: Fattening the Bride
Imagine being as young as 5 and already your parents are sending you off to a fat farm where you are forced to eat too much food until you vomit. Then, the wrinkled hag watching every portion you eat forces you to eat that vomit. This is not a reality T.V. show. This is really happening in some parts of Africa.
The practice is called Leblouh and is mandated in these parts of the world so that women will be considered attractive to their future mates. Men on this side of the globe want women fat; the fatter the better. It doesn’t matter if it ruins their health or make them live shorter lives. All that matters is that the woman is as large as possible in order to sell her for a high price when she reaches the age for marrying. I wonder if the dowry depends on tonnage?