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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fatter Wife Makes Happier Marriage

Fat wife, happy life. Stretch marks, rolls of fat and broad backsides are considered extremely beautiful in area's of Africa’s desert country of Mauritania. In Mauritania, overeating is not a sign of addiction, but rather of a tradition.



In the eleventh largest country in Africa, Mauritania, among the white Moor Arab population, fat women are traditionally seen as more desirable and obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige. The fatter the wife the happier the husband and the marriage bed. Why? If a girl was thin, she was considered poor or sickly, and would not be respected enough for marriage. 
Fatter the wife the happier the husband
among Mauritania white Moor Arab population


To attain Mauritanian traditional standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of gavage, or "fattening up." Gavage is French meaning forced feeding. Drinking high-fat camels milk mixed with a plant called Aish, the mixture is churned until thick as cream. Drinking the Aish mixture, 12-14 gallons per day is the traditional way to gain weight, the other more modern way is using weight gain drugs. In Mauritania, overeating is not a sign of addiction, but rather of a tradition.

Not a single fast-food franchise exists in Mauritania however; around 20 percent of the women are obese, according to the World Health Organization.  Although the practice is becoming outdated, force-feeding remains a serious threat to girls and women's health in rural areas of Mauritania.

However, the view that a fat girl is more desirable for marriage is seen as old-fashioned in certain regions of the country. What is shaping the perception of beauty? Social media is changing Mauritanian traditional standards of beauty in the younger generation. A study by the Mauritanian ministry of health in 2007 found that force-feeding is dying out. Now only 10 percent of young girls under the age of 19 are force-fed, 32 percent of women and 29 percent of men in Mauritania approved of the traditional practice of gavage.


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