- 関東学園大学紀要. Liberal arts (ISSN:09194355)
- vol.22, pp.35-50, 2014-03-31
This research note investigated body image of Vietnamese factory workers employed at the Japanese company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and compared with that of Japanese college students taking a sports management course. Body image was assessed a questionnaire in terms of body shape satisfaction and dieting experiences. Questions regarding their ideal body shape, own liking, liking of body shape of the other sex, and health conditions were answered by marking silhouettes. Three hundred ninety subjects (52 males and 338 females) participated in this study. The average BMI of the Vietnamese workers was significantly greater than that of the Japanese college students (20.2 vs. 22.7). Many Japanese wish to lose their weights but desirable weight were bigger(62.3kg) than Vietnamese(49.7kg). However, only 18.9% of Japanese had a dieting experience and 8.1% of Vietnamese. It is said that the three-fourths of Japanese girls believe Japanese boys like slimmer girls. This misunderstanding sometimes causes health problems in Japanese girls, and therefore, it is necessary to educate body image and good health. This investigation suggested that Vietnamese workers may have a healthier conception about their body images than Japanese, probably because of the social awareness and eating habits in Vietnam.