Using ecSI 2.0

Using 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 Dr. Barbara Lohse after an application process. See Research guidelines on the right. 

Get permission for clinical usage  

For the purposes of adult evaluation in your clinical practice, you may use the ecSI 2.0TM questionnaire without charge, provided you get permission by going to Using ecSI 2.0TM on the RIT NEEDs website. To get that permission, you will be asked to apply for Institutional Review Board (IRB) permission to do research with human subjects. Getting IRB approval will allow you to share your findings and thereby participate in the critical mission of demonstrating the nutritional soundness and utility of ecSatter.  After approval, Dr. Lohse will send you ecSI 2.0, along with scoring and interpretation information. You can easily share your data in the following ways:

  • Make it available to Dr. Barbara Lohse at R.I.T. for inclusion in metanalysis. 
  • Report on your data in a webinar, at grand rounds, or in professional meetings.  Make your power point(s) available to Dr. Lohse.
  • Or, of course, write an article for a journal. We put this last because we don’t want to overwhelm you. 


ecSI 2.0TM has been translated into Finnish, German, Italian, and Spanish. 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 2.0 in research, but you must first apply and get permission from Dr. Barbara Lohse. 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 and test the intervention in a manner that neither conjures false support nor encourages unfounded dismissal of ecSatter. To gain permission, see Using ecSI 2.0 on the R.I.T. NEEDs Center website. 

Translation guidelines

We encourage you to translate ecSI 2.0 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 2.0 on the R.I.T. NEEDs Center website. 

The English version of ecSI 2.0 has been validated. Translations into Arabic, Finnish, Japanese, German, and Spanish have been approved but the translations have not been validated. To get a translation, contact Dr. Barbara Lohse: [email protected] 


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