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Nursing Diagnosis for Imbalanced Nutrition : Less Than Body Requirements

Definition:

Intake of nutrients insufficient to meet metabolic needs


Defining Characteristics :

Body weight 20% under ideal weight; pale conjunctival and mucus membranes; weakness of muscles required for swallowing or mastication; sore, inflamed buccal cavity; satiety immediately after ingesting food; reported or evidence of lack of food; reported inadequate food intake less than RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance); reported altered taste sensation; perceived inability to ingest food; misconceptions; loss of weight with adequate food intake; aversion to eating; abdominal cramping; poor muscle tone; abdominal pain with or without pathology; lack of interest in food; capillary fragility; diarrhea and/or steatorrhea; excessive loss of hair; hyperactive bowel sounds; lack of information; misinformation



Inability to ingest or digest food or absorb nutrients because of biological, psychological, or economic factors


NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)

Suggested NOC Labels
  • Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional Status: Food and Fluid Intake
  • Nutritional Status: Nutrient Intake
  • Weight Control

Client Outcomes
  • Progressively gains weight toward desired goal
  • Weight is within normal range for height and age
  • Recognizes factors contributing to underweight
  • Identifies nutritional requirements
  • Consumes adequate nourishment
  • Free of signs of malnutrition


NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)

Suggested NIC Labels
  • Nutrition Management
  • Eating Disorders Management
  • Electrolyte Management: Hypophosphatemia
  • Enteral Tube Feeding
  • Feeding
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Nutritional Monitoring
  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Weight Gain Assistance
  • Weight Management