The disclosed invention relates to methods for assisting and motivating persons with respect to various dietary and exercise regimens they might undertake, providing an interactive, iterative, 'what-if' type of procedure where someone can see their predicted appearance in the future, also in clothes of their choice, and balance this with realistic expectations of what they may be able to achieve in terms of modification of their physical shape as a result of a planned course of action. This in turn leads to new methods of purchasing and manufacturing apparel and dietary or exercise related items in the present and future. A unique life size display screen, a 'digital mirror' so to speak, with optional touch capabilities is also disclosed for input to, and display of, the computer aided models used, as well as inputs from a persons body sensed by TV cameras. The invention also has potential application to for diagnosis and/or treatment of certain mental and other disorders, and in other situations where a form of companionship may be provided the user.
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