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Cross-cultural differences in the perception of female body shapes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6665099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Whereas in Western societies there is an inverse relationship between high social class and low body weight, the inverse is true of less developed, non-Western societies. It has also been shown that the longer immigrants have been in Western societies, the less obese they tend to be. This study examined how Kenyan Asian, British and Kenyan British females from similar backgrounds perceived female body shapes. As predicted, the Kenyans rated larger figures more favourably and smaller figures less favourably than the British. Also, as predicted, it was found that the Kenyan Asian British were more similar to the British group in their perceptions. The results support the view that social and cultural factors play dominant role in the perception of one's own and others' body shapes. In addition, the results reveal that in Britain preferences for small body shapes to the point of being anorexic are not uncommon.
A Furnham; N Alibhai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological medicine     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0033-2917     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Med     Publication Date:  1983 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-02-28     Completed Date:  1984-02-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254142     Medline TA:  Psychol Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  829-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
Body Image
Body Weight
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Ethnic Groups / psychology
Great Britain
Social Perception*

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