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Developing a Three-dimensional Body Satisfaction Intervention - Roundtable


Date: 02/10/2011

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free and open to the public


An unrealistic image of the human body may lead to negative feelings about one’s own body which may result in unhealthy behaviors. This may be especially true for young women who are exposed to media and fashion messages portraying unrealistic images of the body as extremely tall and slender. The 3-Dimensional Body Satisfaction project developed and tested a body-satisfaction intervention tool for young women. The basic make-up of the tool is 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 was developed in hopes of counteracting pervasive fashion and media images. The educational intervention, pre- and post-test evaluations were developed by researchers with expertise in anthropometry and body dimensioning, psychiatry, and graphic educational materials development.

In this roundtable presentation, project members will discuss their research and outcomes.  Participants include Karen LaBat (Design, Housing, and Apparel), Karen Ryan (Human Dimensioning© Lab in the College of Design), Carol Peterson (Psychiatry), and Chad Sowers, Design, Housing, and Apparel, all at the University of Minnesota.

The project was funded by a University Symposium Research Award from 2008-2010, under the theme of Body & Knowing, with funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research.


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Design, College of Design


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More information: http://www.ias.umn.edu/thursdayscals11.php

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the IAS.

Event Recording: http://www.ias.umn.edu/media/BodySatisfaction.php

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