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Developing a 3-dimensional Body Satisfaction Intervention

An unrealistic image of the human body may lead to negative feelings about one’s own body which may result in unhealthy behaviors. This especially may be true for young women who are exposed to media and fashion messages portraying unrealistic images of the body as extremely tall and slender. The plan for this project is to develop and test a body satisfaction intervention tool for young women. The basic make-up of the tool will be a montage of 3-dimensional body scan images of young women with normal BMIs representing a full range of body sizes and shapes. The premise of the project is that by viewing a full range of real bodies presented in 3-dimensional format, young women may form more realistic images of other young women and may more favorably compare their own body to these images thus improving body satisfaction. This intervention is being developed in hopes of counteracting pervasive fashion and media images. The educational intervention, pre- and post-test evaluations will be developed by researchers with expertise in anthropometry and body dimensioning, psychiatry, and graphic educational materials development.

Karen LaBat (Design, Housing, and Apparel), Principal Investigator
CoPIs: Karen Ryan ( Human Dimensioning© Lab, College of Design), Marilyn DeLong (College of Design), Scott Crow (Psychiatry), Carol Peterson (Psychiatry), Brad Hokanson (College of Design).

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