It might seem like a casual joke to you, but body-shaming is never fun for a kid. What is it like growing up a fat kid? It was also about random people asking if she had thyroid problems and being put through multiple medical tests. It was after a family vacation, where she put on a lot of weight.
'You won't get married, do you have thyroid?' What it's like growing up a fat kid in India
Forcefeeding in Mauritania - West Africa Fat Camp
It sounded like summer camp. Tijanniya was excited. Ten days later, Tijanniya, 14, a sporty student from the town of Atar in the West African country of Mauritania, is eating breakfast with five other girls, ages 7 to 12, in a cramped sandstone hut deep in the Sahara Desert. Her stomach is already bloated from huge quantities of goat's milk and oily couscous, but the meal is not over. The next course is a pint of pounded millet mixed with water. Tijanniya chokes down the thick gruel — she has no choice. An older woman dressed in pink robes threatens to beat her with a long cane if she refuses.
Forced to Be Fat
Fears are growing for the fate of thousands of young girls in rural Mauritania , where campaigners say the cruel practice of force-feeding young girls for marriage is making a significant comeback since a military junta took over the West African country. Aminetou Mint Ely, a women's rights campaigner, said girls as young as five were still being subjected to the tradition of leblouh every year. The practice sees them tortured into swallowing gargantuan amounts of food and liquid - and consuming their vomit if they reject it. We had a Ministry of Women's Affairs.
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