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The Children’s Body Image Scale (CBIS)

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 helen.truby@monash.edu).

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 original CBIS was published in 2002 for a primarily Caucasian population (1). It was
updated in 2012 to reflect different racial backgrounds. Each of the scales has identical
bodies as per the original CBIS, however three different heads are now available – a
Caucasian head, a South East Asian head and one with a blurred face. Scroll down to see the
new range of CBIS figures available.

Key References

1. Truby H, Paxton SJ. Development of the Children's Body Image Scale. Br J Clin Psychol.
2002;41(2):185-203.
2. 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.
3. 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.

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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

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The Children’s Body Image Scale for girls, 2002

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Children’s Body Image Scale for boys, 2002.

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Children’s Body Image Scale of Caucasian girl, 2012

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Children’s Body Image Scale of Caucasian boy, 2012.

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Children’s Body Image Scale of Asian girl, 2012.

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Children’s Body Image Scale of Asian boy, 2012.

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Children’s Body Image Scale of girl with blurred face, 2012.

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Children’s Body Image Scale of boy with blurred face, 2012.

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