Method for Measurement of Body Image
Toshinori Kobayashi*, Torn Ishikawa*, Kuninao Minakawa**
and Michihiko Nakamura***
* Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Ashikaga Institute of Technology, 268 Ohmae, Ashikaga, Tochigi, 326 Japan
** Department of Social Psychiatry, Tokyo Institute of Psychiatry, 2-1-8 Kamikitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 156 Japan
*** Department of Psychiatry, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, 465 Kajii-cho, Hirokoji-agaru, Kawaramachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602 Japan
The method for the measurement of a body image by a video processing system was developed. Body images were compared between 10 normal university female students (aged 19-24) and 11 female anorexia nervosa patients (aged 20-30). The patient group was more interested in their body images, and the distortion of body images for the patient group was very large. A strong desire to adjust her body to the ideal image was found in the patient group. These results suggest that the recognition for visual information may be modified by psychological factors.
and Michihiko Nakamura, “Method for Measurement of Body Image,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.8, No.2, pp. 158-162, 1996.