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28/02/2014 Mauritania must ban deadly force feeding of child brides - activists

Author: Millennia2015

Source: Emma Batha - Thomson Reuters Foundation





Mauritania must ban deadly force feeding of child brides - activists

Emma Batha - Thomson Reuters Foundation


Some young girls in Mauritania are even taking animal growth hormones and other dangerous drugs to help pile on the pounds and make themselves more marriageable.


Many men in the West African country consider obese women beautiful, seeing their size as a sign of wealth and prestige.


Girls of around eight can weigh 140kg (300lb) after force feeding, putting a huge strain on their hearts and jeopardising their health. Young women can tip the scales at 200kg.


The practice is discussed in a new report on child marriage by rights group Equality Now which describes the case of Khadijetou whose weight ballooned after she was force fed from the age of seven. She was married at eight to her father's cousin, a man 10 years older than her father.


Khadijetou was seriously obese by the time of her wedding. After she fell pregnant her health rapidly deteriorated and her doctor put her on a strict diet to lose weight. She gave birth by cesarean section to save her baby's life.



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