3DBODY.TECH 2023 - Paper 23.41

A. Petrova and F. Baytar, "A Case for Standardization of Body Measurement Definitions: Investigation of Torso Girths", Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2023 - 14th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 17-18 Oct. 2023, #41, https://doi.org/10.15221/23.41.


A Case for Standardization of Body Measurement Definitions: Investigation of Torso Girths


Adriana PETROVA 1, Fatma BAYTAR 2

1 Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK, USA;
2 Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA


Accurate body measurements are necessary for wearable product design. Measurements must be unequivocally defined and precisely taken to use anthropometric data across different datasets with confidence and produce accurate sizing. Key body measurements are the body dimensions from which product sizing is developed and communicated to the consumer. For example, for menswear chest girth is taken as a key dimension whereas for womenswear, bust girth is an important factor. These measurements are followed by waist girth and hip girth measurements. The current study examined and compared definitions of two key body measurements of the torso, i.e., bust and hip girths, across several anthropometric datasets and sizing standards. Across sources, discrepancies such as using different names for the same measurement or using the same name for different measurements appear to stem from assigning to a measurement one of several commonly used but not clearly defined words that refer to a particular area on the body.


hip circumference, maximum girth, bust circumference, anthropometry


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Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2023, 17-18 Oct. 2023, Lugano, Switzerland
Paper id#: 41
DOI: 10.15221/23.41

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