Geometrical appreciation of human body figure: Waist-Hii-Ratio preferences

Lee, Yoke Hui (2006) Geometrical appreciation of human body figure: Waist-Hii-Ratio preferences. Universiti Malaysia Sabah. (Unpublished)


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Human body figure can be divided into geometrical body proportion which follows the Golden Ratio. Waist-Hip-Ratio was found by many studies to be one of the indicators toward female attractiveness. This study examined the female WHR preferences. Two hundred participants from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) were asked to rate three sets of line drawing image of a female body figure. The three sets of picture consist of three levels of WHR (0.6, 0.7, and 0.8) and three categories of weight (underweight, normal weight, and overweight). The results showed that the participants prefer a WHR 0.7 with normal weight body figure. This indicates that WHR preference does not follows the Golden Ratio although object that follows the Golden Ratio are found to be more preferable. Female and male participant has the same WHR preferences. The results also showed that WHR preferences did not differ among different ethnics. Interaction between gender and ethnic towards female WHR preference does not exist. Considering attractiveness, healthiness and youthfulness as the aspect influences WHR preferences, the results showed a weak relationship between them.

Item Type: Academic Exercise
Keyword: Waist-Hip-Ratio, female attractiveness, Golden Ratio, Human body figure, WHR
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Department: SCHOOL > School of Science and Technology
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 16:20

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