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Volume :47 Issue : 180 2021      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Body Size Preferences among Kuwaiti Men and Women Socio-cultural Study.

Auther : Prof. Maha M. Al-Sejari - Prof. Yagoub Y. Al-Kandari

Objectives: The aim of this study is to identify the effect of socio-cultural changes concerning body size preferences among Kuwaiti men and women from a medical anthropological perspecitve.
Method: A total of 1,229 participants (645 males  584 females) were selected by using nonrandom on-purpose sampling. The questionnaire included socio-demographic questions and body type Silhouette with its nine body shapes. The study depended on the following statistical means: frequencies and percentages (Descriptive statistic), relation-factor test to measure differences among variables, t-test to measure the relation between the variables, ANOVA test to measure the relationship and differences between averages of socio- demographic variables of the study sample and the preferable body type for marriage.
Results: The data shows a significant difference was found among men's age categories, education levels, economic status, BMI (P  0.05) religious sect, and ethnic root (P  0.001). And significant differences were found between preferred body size and women's education levels (P  0.05), marital status, BMI, ethnic root, and religious sect (P  0.001).
Conclusion: Individuals' marriage preferences vary across cultures due to sociological, economical, and cultural factors.

Keywords: Body size, Kuwaiti Men and Women, Medical Anthropology, Mating, Culture.

 

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