Fed to wed

From a very young age, girls in Mauritania are put on a strict diet. Its intention is to help them achieve a certain standard of beauty to ensure that they can find a good husband. The reality of this means force-feeding. A female figure with fuller curves is seen here as a sign of health and elegance. Putting on weight is a sure way for young girls to succeed in life. RTD travels to Mauritania to explore this tradition, called Leblouh.

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