The beauty standard over the female body based on the BMI

Clara Maria Silveira Monteiro de Freitas Ricardo Bezerra Torres Lima António Silva Costa Ademar Lucena Filho About the authors

The objective of this study was to confirm the existence of a beauty standard over the feminine body and to define it by means of a scientific standard, which is the Body Mass Index, as well as to know how this body is socially represented. One hundred and fifty-one subjects, including undergraduate and postgraduate students of Physical Education from the State University of Pernambuco, answered a questionnaire that included questions which allowed the analysis of a panel containing photos of 7 women aged between 18 and 22 years. Not only the existence of a standard of physical beauty in our society was confirmed, but also a tendency to uniformity in the perception of a beautiful body by Physical Education students and professionals, as well as by individuals not included in this group.

Aesthetics; Beauty; Body image; BMI


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