Evaluation of an Obesity Simulation Suit: Subjective and Physiological Assessment

By Hyunjee Kim and Sharon Joines.

Published by The Design Collection

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This investigation evaluated a suit simulating the physical experience of being overweight by adding weight to the torso/ upper extremities and adding girth to the torso using a padded vest. An intervention group (BMI <30) of 10 males and 10 females was compared a control group (BMI>30) with 4 males and 4 females (controls). ADL tasks were performed by the intervention group with and without the suit and by the control group. Physiological data was collected while participants performed the tasks. Subjective data was collected after the tasks were complete. Analysis was conducted within the intervention group (with and without the suit) and between the groups (intervention group with suit and control). The suit produced similar physiological results for the intervention group and control group. The suit did not produce similar subjective results for the intervention group and control group.

Keywords: Obesity, Simulation Suit, BMI, Experimental Learning

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.263-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.438MB).

Hyunjee Kim

Research Assistant, PhD Student, Research in Ergonomics and Design Lab, College of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Hyunjee Kim’s background is an interior design. Her interests reside in universal design, applied various simulation suits, design methodologies, indoor public space design, and design for the elderly for quality of life. Her research focuses on qualifying and quantifying the interaction with the elderly and children in an indoor public space for their quality of life.

Dr. Sharon Joines

Assistant Professor, Center for Universal Design, Department of Industrial Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Sharon MB Joines is a researcher and ergonomist, teaching courses in human centered design and ergonomics. Her interests reside in universal design, applied product and process research, and the effect of aging on fatigue development and work. Her research focuses on quantifying the interaction between individuals, products, and their environment. Sharon works with engineers and designers in all phases of the design cycle. The challenges they have addressed traversed consumer markets, warehousing and distribution, medical applications, and manufacturing environments ranging from forging to clean rooms. Before joining the faculty in Industrial Design and the Center for Universal Design, Sharon was the director of research and education at the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina. She was a John T. Caldwell Scholar, Merit Scholar, University Scholar, and NC Fellow. She is a member of the Order of Thirty and Three, Alpha Pi Mu, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


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