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A Comparative Study on Body Shape Perception and Satisfaction of Korean and Chinese Female University Students

한·중 여대생의 체형인지도와 신체만족도 비교연구

  • Received : 2014.02.26
  • Accepted : 2014.05.28
  • Published : 2014.06.28

Abstract

Survey was conducted on 201 female college students who in at the university to analyze perceptions and satisfaction levels about their body shapes. Results revealed that the Chinese female students recognized that they had broader shoulder angles, bigger breasts and longer calves and legs than Korean female students whereas the Korean female students had larger hip and thigh circumference than Chinese female students. It was found that the Chinese female students had preference for drooping shoulders while the Korean students perceived themselves as thinner and have longer arms, fingers, waist measurement, torso thickness, calves, feet and legs are ideal body shapes. The results of this study show that body weight, height and chest size have a lot of influence on it and the Korean female students were less satisfied their body shape compared with the Chinese female college students. The correlation analysis indicated that body shapes were an important indicator of satisfaction and the thinner the body shape, chest, thigh, waist, finger, arms, the greater the satisfactions.

Keywords

Actual body shapes;ideal body shapes;satisfaction with one's body

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