A computer-graphic technique for the study of body size perception and body types

Benson, Philip J., Emery, Joanne L., Cohen-Tovee, Esther M. and Tovee, Martin (1999) A computer-graphic technique for the study of body size perception and body types. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 31 (3). pp. 446-454. ISSN 0743-3808


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We present a novel approach for measuring body size estimation in normal and eating-disordered women and men. Clinical categories of body types were used as prototypes. By comparing the subjective appearance of a person's body with prototypes, we can understand how different attributes of his or her body shape contribute to perception of body size. After lifelike random distortions have been applied to parts of their body image, individuals adjust their body shapes until they converge on their perceived veridical appearance. Exaggeration and minimization of particular body areas measured with respect to their true shape and with different prototypes can be expressed as numerical deviations. In this way, perceived body size and body attractiveness can be appraised during the course of diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.

Keywords:body constitution, body image, eating disorder, somatotype, Eating Disorders, Somatotypes, body mass index, BMI, anorexia nervosa, body image distortion
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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