Anthropometry Dimensions of Ghanaian Public Workers: Comparison of Age, Gender and Body Mass Index (BMI)
Studies have indicated that variations in anthropometry vary not only from region to region but within the region as well which must be considered while designing of furniture. To determine whether there are differences in the anthropometric data of the public workers in Ghana, anthropometric data collected from a survey from three public institutions was used. The results showed that some anthropometric dimensions were influenced by age and gender. About 60% of the male workers were in the overweight and obesity group compared with the female workers of 80%. Women have bigger hip width than males. Increase in age results in decrease in seat height and desk clearance.The analysis has provided important information in designing products for institution working populations. There should be a change of lifestyles and diet in women as these are the two most common causes of overweight and obesity among populations.
George Adu, Sylvia Adu