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Preferences for female body size in Britain and the South Pacific

Swami, Viren and Knight, Daniel and Tovee, Martin J. and Davies, Patrick and Furnham, Adrian (2007) Preferences for female body size in Britain and the South Pacific. Body Image, 4 (3). pp. 219-223. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.01.002


To assess current attitudes to body weight and shape in the South Pacific, a region characterised by relatively high levels of obesity and traditionally positive views of large bodies, 38 high socio-economic status (SES) adolescent males and 38 low SES adolescent males in Independent Samoa were asked to rate a set of images of real women for physical attractiveness. Participants in both SES settings preferred women with a slender figure, as did a comparison group in Britain, suggesting that the traditional veneration of large bodies is no longer apparent in Samoa. However, the results also showed that low SES adolescents were more likely to view overweight figures as attractive, which suggests that the veneration of slim figures may be associated with increasing SES. Implications of this finding are discussed in conclusion.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4499
Deposited On:30 Oct 2007
Last Modified:05 Nov 2009 12:30

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