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Work with Your CF Team

Life is so busy. You may have school or work and all of the responsibilities that go with everyday life. You also need to find time to fit in all of your lung treatments, plus eat enough to maintain a healthy weight.

Just how much should you weigh? That answer will vary, but the CF Foundation recommends that women maintain a body mass index (BMI) of at least 22 and men a BMI of at least 23.

Calculate your BMI with this online BMI calculator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can also ask about your BMI the next time you visit your CF center.

To gain weight you need about an extra 500 calories every day.

Spend some time thinking about what your weight gain goal should be. Talk with your center’s dietitian (nutritionist) and ask about ways you can reach your BMI goal.

Your CF team will also be able to suggest some simple ways to add calories to the food you already eat. We’re not talking about anything out of the ordinary.

You can get those extra 500 calories from foods like these:

  • A grilled ham and cheese sandwich
  • A small bowl of spaghetti with sauce and cheese
  • A cup of macaroni and cheese
  • A large order of fries
  • A large muffin

As you can see, nothing on this list would cost much to make or take much effort. In other words, you can get your 500 extra calories eating on the go. And be sure to have your enzymes with you so you can eat at every opportunity.

Learn more about nutrition for adults with CF from the CF Education Nutrition Webcasts.

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Updated 12/27/12

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