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Old 07-19-2007, 04:50 PM   #1
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6904640.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/3291271.stm

In the West, a woman getting ready for her wedding will likely go to a fat farm to lose 20 #

In Africa, a bride-to-be will often go to a fattening house to put on 30 + #

(And yes I know, in some traditional cultures "fat -> abundance/wealth -> something to tide you over through the winter months when crops aren't growing = a good thing", but traditional societies are increasingly getting exposure to the same junk food that industrialized societies get; and fat is fat no matter who you are)
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:44 AM   #2
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It'll be interesting to see how western media affects these traditions. While sometimes their fattening practices seem unhealthy, it's a little refreshing to think of fleshy as desirable in a modern culture.
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