Body size preference: A study of Igbo people of Nigeria
This study investigated body size preference among Igbos in Nigeria. Two hundred and five (205) sandwich students of the University of Nigeria Nsukka were sampled in the study (100 females and 105 males). Stunkard’s Figure Rating Scale was used to elicit information on ideal body size for self and desired body size for the opposite sex from participants. A two way Analysis of variance was used to analyze the data. Result showed that Ideal body size for self (IBS) significantly differ by gender. Participants’ desired body size for the opposite sex (PDBS) significantly differed by age. Both age and gender were implicated for 21% and 4% variance in body size preference for the IBS and PDBS respectively among Igbo people of Nigeria. There is a significant gender differences in ideal body size for self and the desired body size preference for the opposite sex among the Igbos with other findings obtained across the globe. Implication for general well-being and relationship satisfaction were discussed.