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Interesting article… what do you think?

I’m heading out to go hiking with a friend today (yay we both have no class on Fridays!!), but before I leave I just wanted to post this article I saw on MSN (courtesy of Marie Claire) yesterday, entitled “Forced to be Fat.” Here’s the blurb from MSN:

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In Mauritania, where big is beautiful and stretch marks are sexy, young girls are brutally force-fed a diet of up to 16,000 calories a day – more than four times that of a male bodybuilder – to prepare them for marriage.

As a Sociology major in college, I find it fascinating and very sad how societal ideals completely change people’s images of themselves, and what is considered to be “beautiful.” It’s hard to believe that two countries can be so different — here in US, with girls starving themselves to be thin, and in Mauritania in northwest Africa, the complete opposite.

What do you all think about this? Do you think we will ever exist in a world where a more average sized, healthy body is the ideal norm?

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    I read that off of the Runners World forums. It surprised me a bit but then seemed similar to America but opposite. I think the thing to focus on is to just stop trying to be thin or trying to be fat and accepting whatever the body weight is naturally. It’s ridiculous to give it as much thought as cultures tend to do

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    I think until we stop idolizing all the super skinny people in magazines and on TV we won’t be able to accept average bodies.

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    New reader here!! Love your blog :)

    interesting to the the ideal reversed! I don’t think we will as a species be content with our natural state! Good article find!

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    I didn’t know that even happened! It’s so different than here in our country. I think no one should be forced to be big or small!

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