In America, it's hard to avoid the overly skinny models advertised in magazines and television. Although in the U.S. girls feel the pressure to be thin with nicely toned bodies, that isn't true in every culture. In the northwestern part of Africa is a country that values women on the opposite end of the scale. Mauritanian women are forced from an early age to consume up to 16,000 calories every day because men are blissfully drawn to their stretch marks, rolls of fat, and a hefty waistline. In Mauritian the obesity of their wives was seen as symbols of their wealth in their historical culture and since women here typically marry in their early teens, obese girls also have a more mature figure. But there are numerous health problems that also affect these women.
It is reported that although obesity is the standard of beauty in this country, many women that have decided to go along the career track verses marriage and thus have preferred a slimmer shape as well where their mobility isn't limited. While some women still favor this less than obese look, it is said that the America supermodel size of 0 will never be the Mauritanian average.
Force-feeding is now said to be a more uncommon practice in Mauritania, but the full figures are still desired.