n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Anthropometric profile of male students from high and low socio-economic backgrounds in secondary schools, Nigeria : anthropometry

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


A total of 1, 260 students who were purposively drawn participated in the study. Thirty-nine variables were investigated under body basics, skinfolds, girths, lengths and breadths / lengths. The results revealed that the students from high socio-economic background exhibited bigger body girths and were taller on the average when compared with those from the low socio-economic background. Nevertheless, none of the students from either backgrounds demonstrated BMI for obesity or overweight, though those from low socio-economic background had greater body mass indexes. The skinfolds of both groups were however, comparable since none of the eight variables measured differed between the groups. It was therefore recommended that efforts should be made by all concerned to bridge the gap existing between the rich and the poor and to include anthropometric profile assessment in the training and fitness promotion package of Nigerian students who are the country's future leaders.

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