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A slight frame and poor appetite are common among patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) yet healthy body weight has been related to a better prognosis. A review of studies exploring body image (BI) among adults and adolescents with CF was conducted. Seven electronic databases were searched for potential papers. They located 128 references, of which 24 were read in full and 12 included in the review. Accepted papers suggested females with CF had a better BI compared to males, but this could compromise survival, given their preference for a low body weight. Males may be more motivated to adhere to nutritional advice because they favor a larger form. Practitioners should broach the topic of BI at clinic appointments to ensure this does not have a detrimental impact on self-management, although more research is required to guide professionals in this task.

Original publication




Journal article


Body Image

Publication Date





12 - 19


Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Anabolic Agents, Body Image, Body Mass Index, Body Size, Body Weight, Cystic Fibrosis, Enteral Nutrition, Female, Humans, Male, Pancreatic Extracts, Patient Compliance, Respiratory Function Tests, Sex Factors, Sick Role, Surveys and Questionnaires, Thinness, Young Adult