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Body Image and Weight Management

Eating disorders and obesity are both disturbances associated with eating behaviour, weight and body image and a growing volume of research supports the consideration of 3D body imaging for these issues.  Body Aspect has conducted studies to assess how 3D image assessment can support weight management, and is currently evaluating how the technology can best be applied to weight management and eating disorders.

Image assessment software allows a person to create a 3D image of their perceived body and compare it to their body scan.  In this way, body image distortion can be illustrated and quantified.  People also benefit from seeing their progress in 3D rather than through weight alone because they can see exactly how their body size and shape is changing.

Body image assessment

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3D body imaging technology can provide a useful tool in the process of body size and shape transformation.  When Body Aspect provided their expertise to fashion guru Gok Wan during his popular series "How to Look Good Naked", it was the first time 3D image capture had been used to explore people's self-perceptions of body image.  The relevance to eating disorders is clear and the technology was later used in a BBC documentary about eating disorders.

The 3D image capture process takes just a few seconds and creates an accurate 3D image of a person's body.  Body Aspect's current imaging technology uses fourteen infrared sensors to capture a full 360 degree view of the body.

Seeing yourself in 3D can be enlightening. It is a potential motivator to stimulate the process of change, and will help to monitor progress in a more meaningful way than has previously been possible.  Body Aspect's technology allows a person to create a 3D image corresponding to their perceived body and allows the creation of a target image that corresponds to the healthy size and shape that a person is aiming for.

The accuracy of the imaging equipment allows a person to track their change over time. Being able to see incremental changes can reveal just how much a person is achieving in ways that other forms of measurement are not able to show.

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Body Aspect has developed a weight management recovery programme that incorporates new 3D body image and weight assessment tools to help motivate change, monitor progress and support long-term results. The technology has a diverse range of professional applications.  It can help people to find motivation, track progress and achieve a genuine understanding of their size and shape.

  • Access to 3D body imaging technology.
  • Visualisation and measurement tools incorporated into your consultations.
  • Ability to see any changes alongside your client via a secure 3D image portal.
  • An objective representation of their body size and shape.
  • Tools for visualising and quantifying progress towards a realistic target image.
  • Access to a 3D image portal through which they can view their 3D body scans.
  • NHS Weight Assessment and Management Clinics
  • Personal trainers
  • Nutritionists and dieticians
  • Therapists and coaches
If you would like to know more, please contact us so we can discuss tailoring this unique opportunity to your individual needs.  [NOTE: If you and a client of yours would like to participate in an evaluation of the technology then please get in touch]

Gemma Binch, Producer, Slim to Win with Rosemary Conley, ITV1