Analysis of Middle-aged Men's Frontal Body Shape Asymmetry using 3D Body Scan Data

Minseon Lee, Dong Eun Kim

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This study aims to analyze middle-aged men's frontal body shape asymmetry by measuring the left and right body dimensions and angles of 388 middle-aged men aged 40 to 59 using 3D body scan data and comparing the measured values. The study also compares the measured values of width, height, and angle and their relationships using Size Korea's anthropometric measurement and posture index of the New York Posture Rating Scale. The results confirm that the asymmetric shape characteristics of the upper and lower body appear differently. In addition, the asymmetrical characteristics between the upper and lower body differed, indicating that the close parts of the body affect each other. Similar to the difference in the left and right frontal body shapes and the average angle distribution, the asymmetrical upper and lower body characteristics also are found to be dissimilar when the correlations are examined. In contrast, there is no asymmetry in the width, height, and angle considering the age and BMI groups. Finally, the study classifies three body types and identifies their asymmetric characteristics. Overall, this study contributes primary data for further research on pattern production for asymmetric and unique body types and the development of customized apparel products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-530
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023

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  • 3D body scan
  • Frontal body shape
  • Middle-aged men
  • Shape categorization


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