Forced to be fat

Channel 4

Unreported World

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Reporter Sahar Zand meets young girls in Mauritania force-fed up to 10,000 calories a day to attract potential husbands.

In West African women who are fat are more desirable. This extreme overeating can cause serious health problems. Drought and food shortages have led many women and young girls to choose riskier ways of gaining weight by using unregulated and potentially dangerous drugs. 

Watch the episode on our Youtube Channel: Forced to be Fat

First Broadcast

December 7, 2018



Producer Director:

Mauricio Gris

Sahar Zand


Raul Sacristan

Mark Summers

Executive Producer:
Eamonn Matthews


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