The Figure Rating Scale as an Index of Weight Status of Women on Videotape
Article first published online: 6 SEP 2012
2006 North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)
Volume 14, Issue 12, pages 2132–2135, December 2006
How to Cite
Cardinal, T. M., Kaciroti, N. and Lumeng, J. C. (2006), The Figure Rating Scale as an Index of Weight Status of Women on Videotape. Obesity, 14: 2132–2135. doi: 10.1038/oby.2006.249
- Issue published online: 6 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 6 SEP 2012
- Received for review April 25, 2006, Accepted in final from July 31, 2006
- body image;
- scale reliability and validity;
- videotape recording
Objective: To determine whether Stunkard's Figure Rating Scale (FRS) is a valid and reliable index of weight status when an unbiased observer assigns the figure ratings of adult women viewed on videotape.
Research Methods and Procedures: Seventy-two women drawn from a community sample participated in a videotaped study in which height and weight were measured. The FRS is a rating scale displaying 9 silhouettes ranging from very thin to very obese. Women were assigned a figure rating “in-person” by a research assistant (FRS used as a 17-point scale) and by additional research assistants viewing women only on videotape (FRS used as both a 17- and 9-point scale). Pearson's correlation coefficients were calculated for in-person figure ratings, mean videotape figure ratings, and BMI.
Results: BMI and in-person figure ratings were highly correlated (r = 0.91), as were BMI and both mean 17-point videotape figure ratings and mean 9-point videotape figure ratings (r = 0.89 and 0.87, respectively). Inter-rater agreement for in-person figure ratings and mean 17-point videotape figure ratings was 0.86, and agreement between in-person figure ratings and mean 9-point videotape figure ratings was 0.82.
Discussion: The FRS can be used as an index of women's weight status by an unbiased observer, with subjects viewed in-person or on videotape.