Nursing Diagnosis – Code 00002 Imbalanced nutrition: less than body requirements (1975, 2000)de

Domain 2. Nutrition Class 1. Ingestion

Imbalanced nutrition: less than body requirements

Definition Intake of nutrients insufficient to meet metabolic needs.

Defining Characteristics

■ Abdominal cramping ■ Abdominal pain ■ Alteration in taste sensation ■ Body weight 20% or more below ideal weight range ■ Capillary fragility ■ Diarrhea ■ Excessive hair loss ■ Food aversion ■ Food intake less than recommended daily allowance (RDA) ■ Hyperactive bowel sounds ■ Insufficient information ■ Insufficient interest in food ■ Insufficient muscle tone
■ Misinformation ■ Misperception ■ Pale mucous membranes ■ Perceived inability to ingest food ■ Satiety immediately upon ingesting food ■ Sore buccal cavity ■ Weakness of muscles required for mastication ■ Weakness of muscles required for swallowing ■ Weight loss with adequate food intake

Related Factors

■ Biological factors ■ Economically disadvantaged ■ Inability to absorb nutrients ■ Inability to digest food
■ Inability to ingest food ■ Insufficient dietary intake ■ Psychological disorder