Childrens body image scale
About the Children's Body Image Scale
The CBIS is a pictorial scale that can be used to measure body perception and satisfaction in children aged seven to twelve years (1). It comprises separate scales for males and females. There is no licensing fee for the CBIS to be used for research purposes. Helen Truby owns the copyright of the CBIS, hence it should not be reproduced in print or journals without consent (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
The figures are matched to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2000 Body Mass Index (BMI) percentiles for ten year olds (2). The CBIS was updated to new International percentiles in 2008 (3).
The CBIS was developed in 1999 for a primarily Caucasian population (1). The CBIS has been updated to reflect different racial backgrounds. Each of the scales has identical bodies as per the original CBIS, however three different heads were available – a modern Caucasian head, a South East Asian head and one with a blurred face (see links 4 to 9 below to download these figures).
- Link 4: CBIS Caucasian Girl
- Link 5: CBIS Caucasian Boy
- Link 6: CBIS Asian Girl
- Link 7: CBIS Asian Boy
- Link 8: CBIS Boy with Blurred Face
- Link 9: CBIS Girl with Blurred Face
- Truby H, Paxton SJ. Development of the Children's Body Image Scale. Br J Clin Psychol. 2002;41(2):185-203.
- Kuczmarski RJ, Ogden CL, Guo SS, Grummer-Strawn LM, Flegal KM, Mei Z, et al. 2000 CDC growth charts for the United States: methods and development. Vital Health Stat. 2002;11(246):1-190.
Research utilising the CBIS
The following research studies utilised the CBIS in their methodologies:
- Allen KL, Byrne SM, Blair EM, Davis EA. Why do some overweight children experience psychological problems? The role of weight and shape concern. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2006;1(4):239-47.
- Follansbee-Junger K, Janicke DM, Sallinen BJ. The influence of a behavioral weight management program on disordered eating attitudes and behaviors in children with overweight. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Nov;110(11):1653-9.
- Gage H, Erdal E, Saigal P, Qiao Y, Williams P, Raats MM. Recognition and management of overweight and obese children: a questionnaire survey of general practitioners and parents in England. J Paediatr Child Health. 2012 Feb;48(2):146-52.
- Gardner RM, Brown DL. Body image assessment: A review of figural drawing scales. Personality and Individual Differences. 2010 Jan;48(2):107-11.
- Lampard AM, Byrne SM, Zubrick SR, Davis EA. Parents' concern about their children's weight. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2008;3(2):84-92.
- Saxton J, Hill C, Chadwick P, Wardle J. Weight status and perceived body size in children. Arch Dis Child. 2009 Dec;94(12):944-9.
- Spurrier NJ, Magarey A, Wong C. Recognition and management of childhood overweight and obesity by clinicians. J Paediatr Child Health. 2006 Jul;42(7-8):411-8.
- Truby H, Paxton AS. Body image and dieting behavior in cystic fibrosis. Pediatrics. 2001 Jun;107(6):E92.
- Truby H, Paxton SJ. Development of the Children's Body Image Scale. Br J Clin Psychol. 2002 Jun;41(Pt 2):185-203.
- Truby H, Paxton SJ. The Children's Body Image Scale: reliability and use with international standards for body mass index. Br J Clin Psychol. 2008 Mar;47(Pt 1):119-24.
- Innovations in Clinical Practice: Focus on Health and Wellness Eds Leon VandeCreek and Jeffrey Allen, Professional Resource Press 2005
Children’s Body Image Scale for Girls
Children’s Body Image Scale for Boys
Children’s Body Image Scale of Caucasian girl
Children’s Body Image Scale of Caucasian Boy
Children’s Body Image Scale of Asian Girl
Children’s Body Image Scale of Asian Boy
Children’s Body Image Scale of Boy with Blurred Face
Children’s Body Image Scale of Girl with Blurred Face