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Using ecSI 2.0

Using the Satter Eating Competence Inventory (ecSI 2.0TM)

ecSI 2.0TM is a copyrighted, validated instrument for assessing adult Eating Competence as defined by the Satter Eating Competence Model. ecSI 2.0TM has been validated in the United States with English-speaking adult women and men across income groups as well as in the United States with low income English-speaking adult women.  The 16 items on ecSI 2.0TM  address each of four factors: eating attitudes (I am comfortable with my enjoyment of food and eating), food acceptance (I experiment with new food and learn to like it), food regulation (I eat as much as I am hungry for), and contextual skills (I make time to eat).

Get permission for research usage

Usage of ecSI 2.0TM in research is available by permission from the NEEDs Center after an application process. See Research guidelines on the right. 

Get permission for clinical usage

Provided you have demonstrated your understanding of the Satter Eating Competence Model, you may use ecSI 2.0TM clinically. Apply and get permission via the NEEDs Center website. Understanding means you have completed training and/or self-study in the Satter models:


ecSI 2.0TM has been translated into Arabic, Finnish, German, Japanese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. To get a copy of a translation, contact Dr. Barbara Lohse: [email protected] See Translation guidelines on the right.




Research guidelines

You may use ecSI 2.0TM in research, but you must first apply and get permission from the NEEDs Center. Permission is given to research projects that contribute toward developing and examining the instrument and furthering the study of the eating competence construct. The research design must be Human Subjects approved. To gain permission, see Using ecSI 2.0 on the NEEDs Center website.

Translation guidelines

We encourage you to translate ecSI 2.0TM to other languages, and we will work with you to approve your translation. For translation guidelines and to set up the process for us to work with you on your translation, see Using ecSI 2.0TM at the NEEDs Center.

The English version of ecSI 2.0TM has been validated. Translations into Arabic, Finnish, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese have been approved. To get a translation, contact Dr. Barbara Lohse: [email protected]


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