BODY image is everywhere. It’s in blogs, on TV, on the pages of magazines, in films. Let’s be honest, you can’t avoid the subject. Fat, thin, anorexic, obese. Whatever, we all know the score that in Western civilisations, thin is in. We might hate it, yes, but it’s generally true.
But that isn’t the case everywhere. During my current final year dissertation research into the cross-cultural differences of body image in women, I came across the most potentially harrowing scenes I’ve ever seen.
Mauritania in Africa has a totally different attitude to how women look. Fat really is all that, and they believe in order to grow up and have a happy and successful marriage, they must be fat. Yes, you read right. FAT. Big IS beautiful.
Female obesity in Mauritania is synonymous with beauty and wealth. It baffled me to hear that men find the silvery stretchmarks of rapid…
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