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<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/6591835.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programme...ts/6591835.stm</a><br><br>
"Under a patchwork tent in Kiffa, on the western edge of the Sahara desert, a nomadic woman called Braika crossed two sticks around my ankles and squeezed the ends together with rope until I yelped in pain.<br><br>
She was showing me how she forced her daughters to swallow litres of milk and mountains of couscous for days on end until they developed wings of fat hanging from their arms and their skin was traced with silvery stretch-marks - attributes considered the height of feminine beauty in Mauritania."<br><br>
Who knew one could become obese on milk and couscous? To listen to our media... it would have to be traditional "junk" food. Neither extreme is good... but how sad that the thing that is changing this is the desire to look like pop stars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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