BMI Characteristics and Food Preference of Taeeumin and Soeumin According to Sasang Constitution Analysis Method

체질분석 방법에 따른 BMI 특성 및 태음인과 소음인의 음식선호도

  • Choi, yejin (Department of Clinical Nutrition, Graduate School of Professional Therapy, Gachon University) ;
  • Kim, Soon Mi (Department of Food and Nutrition, Gachon University)
  • 최혜진 (가천대학교특수치료대학원임상영양학과) ;
  • 김순미 (가천대학교식품영양학과)
  • Received : 2018.11.09
  • Accepted : 2018.12.18
  • Published : 2018.12.31


n this study, the BMI characteristics and food preference were examined according to the Sasang constitution typology. The constitution type of the subjects was judged by SCAT2 (SC) and Sasang specialists (SP), and the data were compared with the group (SS) in which the two results coincided. The results of SC and SP were consistent with 55 (38.2%) out of 144 subjects. Among the 55 subjects, there were 36 (65.5%), 15 (27.2%), and 4 (7.3%) Soeumin, Taeeumin, and Soyangin, respectively. The BMI of Taeeumin was significantly higher than that of Soeumin (p< .001) in all analytical methods. On the other hand, there was a difference in determining the body shape of Soyangin between the SCAT2 and specialists. The Taeeum-Soeum Food Preference Index was applied to compare the food preference to 41 types of food. In SS analysis, 13 kinds of foods preferred by Taeeumin or Soeumin were found, of which 8 (19.5%) were consistent with the existing food data. Taeeumin preferred 6 kinds of food, such as cold soybean-soup noodles, wild sesame seaweed soup, pan-fried tofu, Yeongun-jorim, Doraji-namul, and soy milk. In contrast, the favorite foods of Soeumin were black rice and Dak-galbi.


Demographic characteristics of subjects

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Awareness of Sasang constitution typology

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Distribution of Sasang constitution typology by SCAT2 and a specialist

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The concordance rate of SCAT2 (SC) and the specialist(SP) results

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The BMI by Sasang constitution typology

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Taeeum & Soeum food preference index according to Sasang constitution analysis method

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Taeeum & Soeum food preference index according to Sasang constitution analysis method (continued)

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