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Graduate student’s 3D optical scan study recognized for significant obesity findings

A 3D optical scan study by Michael Wong, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate student in the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s research lab of John Shepherd, PhD, was selected by OBESITY as one of the top five entries for research that significantly furthers scientific understanding of obesity. The study, “Children and Adolescent’s Anthropometrics Body Composition from 3D Optical Surface Scans” was featured in the November 2019 issue of the publication and presented at Obesity Week 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Childhood obesity rates in Hawaiʻi have been steadily increasing over the last couple of decades, as it has been in states across the nation. Obesity is a risk factor for some cancers and metabolic syndrome. 3D technology could be a crucial tool in identifying obesity early during childhood in order to prevent obesity and metabolic syndrome in adulthood,” said Wong.

Wong used 3D optical technology, Fit 3D, to make body composition equations for children and teenagers ages five to 17 years.

Read more on UH Cancer Center website

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