How does the size and shape of local populations in China compare to general anthropometric surveys currently used for product design?

Daniell, Nathan, Fraysee, Francois, & Paul, Gunther (2012) How does the size and shape of local populations in China compare to general anthropometric surveys currently used for product design? WORK, 41(S1), pp. 4088-4090.

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Anthropometry has long been used for a range of ergonomic applications & product design. Although products are often designed for specific cohorts, anthropometric data are typically sourced from large scale surveys representative of the general population. Additionally, few data are available for emerging markets like China and India. This study measured 80 Chinese males that were representative of a specific cohort targeted for the design of a new product. Thirteen anthropometric measurements were recorded and compared to two large databases that represented a general population, a Chinese database and a Western database. Substantial differences were identified between the Chinese males measured in this study and both databases. The subjects were substantially taller, heavier and broader than subjects in the older Chinese database. However, they were still substantially smaller, lighter and thinner than Western males. Data from current Western anthropometric surveys are unlikely to accurately represent the target population for product designers and manufacturers in emerging markets like China.

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ID Code: 49001
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Anthropometry, Product Design, Body Size, Body Proportions
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0074-4088
ISSN: 1875-9270
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 : IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2012 23:17
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2012 06:28

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