What is it about?

The figure rating scale is a visible tool to measure how an individual perceives his or her own physical appearance and subsequently to determine body dissatisfaction and weight perception. Figural drawings typically consist of a set of discrete schematic figures that represent the frontal view of both male and female figures, ranging from very thin to very broad. This systematic review summarizes the existing figure rating scale and the techniques used to develop them

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Why is it important?

The figure rating scale has been widely used in studies on body image, body satisfaction, and eating disorders. Although there are other methods such as surveys and questionnaires to estimate body dimensions, the use of FRSs has become popular as they are quick, convenient, and inexpensive to apply. Recently the concept has even been used in the clothing industry and in designing protective equipment. The development and validation of ethnic-specific FRSs using modern technology should be the priority for future studies.


This article is the very first step taken towards the development of a Figure rating scale for Sri Lankans. We hope this article will be beneficial for all the researchers in the field.

Piumika Sooriyaarachchi
Queensland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Methods to develop figure rating scales (FRS): A systematic review, Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome Clinical Research & Reviews, March 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.dsx.2021.03.026.
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