One of the most concerning symptoms of cystic fibrosis for children are failure to thrive and malnutrition. Patients with cystic fibrosis must follow a strict diet that is implemented by their parents or self-implemented. The nutritional focus for survival establishes child feeding as a primary treatment goal for parents, and children with CF require 20 to 50% more calories per day and a higher fat diet than a healthy child. Treatment regimens that specify a therapeutic diet may place the child at increased risk for feeding problems or disordered eating behaviors. This session will focus on recent research on feeding and disordered eating in children and adults.
Describe the unique risk factors for feeding problems in patients with cystic fibrosis.
Determine the impact of behavioral-nutrition intervention on families of children with cystic fibrosis.
Describe the relation between cystic fibrosis and the risk for negative body image.