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Nouakchott, Mauritania, West Africa where little girls are fattened for marriage because wealth and beauty are measured by a woman's weight. They are forced to drink gallons of milk, butter and pounded millet.

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Humans across the globe are getting heavier, and in the United States two-thirds of the population are overweight. For some, beauty norms about size are changing, but for others, the sight of fat is still taboo.