I am horrified to learn that girls are force-fed in Mauritania because “fat is beautiful.” Girls are locked away and forced to eat up to 16,000 calories a day. They are literally human foie gras. There are a number of articles on this topic, such as one by the Guardian (here) or Child Rights Information Network (here) or Marie Claire (here).
It is horrifying what women are forced to endure in order to conform to societal expectations of beauty. I clicked on the initial story with a headline about “big is beautiful in Mauritania” because I thought it would be an uplifting story celebrating the beauty of women’s curves (in good contrast to the promotion of skeletal female bodies in the US and UK etc). No such luck!