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LINEAR ANTHROPOMETRIC BODY DIMENSIONS OF IGBOS OF NIGERIA

Okoh P. D.* and Amadi M. A.

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The study aimed at investigating the linear body anthropometric dimensions of the Igbos of Nigeria. The research design was a non-experimental, cross-sectional design. The study utilized a total number of four hundred (400) participants randomly selected who ages ranged between 21 to 40 years and BMI range of 18.50 to <30.00. Minimum sample size was determined using the Taro Yamane’s formula. BMI and linear body anthropometric measurements were taken using standiometer, calibrated flexible meter tape, meter rule and weighing scale. Statistical analysis was done using statistical package for the social science (SPSS version 25.0) and Microsoft Excel 2019. Continuous variables were presented as mean±SD; minimum and maximum. Age was categorized into two groups (21 – 30 and 31 – 40) years while Body Mass Index (BMI) was also categorized into two; normal weight (18.5 – 24.9 designated ≤ 25.0) and slightly overweight (25.0 – 30.0 designated ≥ 25.0). Independent sample t-test was therefore carried out to determine significant difference in the measured anthropometric variables across age and BMI groups. The confidence interval was set at 95%, therefore p< 0.05 was considered significant. Results were presented in tables. Age related changes and variations in BMI were also observed in the anthropometric parameters. These anthropometric values will find use in medical sciences and forensics.

Keywords: Linear, body, anthropometric, dimensions, Igbo.


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