Young Mauritanian girls are traditionally force-fed and fattened for the sake of beauty and marriage. Heavier girls and women are viewed as beautiful, wealthy and socially-accepted while their slimmer counterparts are considered inferior and bring shame on their families in Mauritanian society.

In Mauritania, a large, full-bodied wife is said to signify good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Unfortunately, Mauritian women are often force-fed to become fatter for their wedding, sometimes causing them endless illness and health problems down the line.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/10/12/mauritania.force.feed/, http://www.lifebuzz.com/marriage-customs/