Validity and test-retest reliability in assessing current body size with figure drawings in Chinese adolescents

Wing Sze Lo, Sai Yin Ho, Bonny Yee Man Wong, Kwok Kei Mak, Tai Hing Lam

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Objective. The reliability and validity of Stunkard's Figure Rating Scale (FRS) as a measure of current body size (CBS) was established in Western adolescent girls but not in non-Western population. We examined the validity and test-retest reliability of Stunkard's FRS in assessing CBS among Chinese adolescents. Methods. In a school-based survey in Hong Kong, 5666 adolescents (boys: 45.1%; mean age 14.7 years) provided data on self-reported height and weight, CBS, perceived weight status, and health-related quality of life using the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form version 2 (SF-12v2). Height and weight were also objectively measured. Spearman's correlation was used to assess construct validity, concurrent validity and test-retest reliability. Results. Convergent and discriminant validity were good: CBS correlated strongly with weight and self-reported/measured BMI, but only weakly with SF-12v2. CBS correlated strongly with perceived weight status, showing concurrent validity. Spearman's correlation (r) for CBS was 0.78 for girls and 0.72 for boys indicating good test-retest reliability. Validity and reliability results did not differ significantly between senior and junior grade adolescents. Conclusion. Our findings support the use of Stunkard's FRS to measure body size among Chinese adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e107-e113
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Obesity
Issue number2 -2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Body size
  • Figure rating scale
  • Reliability
  • Validity


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