00002 Imbalanced nutrition

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00002 Imbalanced nutrition

Definition of the NANDA label

The Imbalanced nutrition is the state in which the individual consumes an insufficient amount of food to meet their metabolic demands.

“Intake of nutrients insufficient to meet metabolic needs.”

Defining characteristics

  • Weight loss with adequate intake.
  • Weight 20% lower than the ideal weight according to height and physical complexion.
  • Report dietary intake lower than the recommended daily allowance.
  • Reference of alteration in the sense of taste.
  • Lack of interest in food.
  • Aversion towards food.
  • Observation of inability to eat food.
  • Immediate satiety from food intake.
  • Problems in chewing or swallowing.
  • Abdominal pain, with existence of pathological conditions or in the absence thereof.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Weakness and decreased muscle tone.
  • Diarrhea and / or steatorrhea.
  • Weakness and decreased muscle tone.
  • Diarrhea and / or steatorrhea.
  • Decrease in skin turgor.
  • Excessive hair loss.
  • Metabolic demands greater than intake.

Related factors

Inability in the ingestion and digestion of food or in the assimilation of nutrients due to biological, psychological or economic factors, such as:

  • Assimilation or malabsorption disorders.
  • Altered sense of taste or smell.
  • Dysphagia.
  • Dyspnea.
  • Stomatitis or other oral conditions.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Difficulty or inability to chew.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Disorders of salivation.
  • Hyperanabolic or catabolic states (cancer, burns, infections, etc.).
  • Disorders of consciousness.
  • Lack of knowledge about nutritional requirements, due to lack of information, incorrect information or wrong food concepts.

At risk population

  • Biological factors
  • Economically disadvantaged

Associated condition

  • Inability to absorb nutrients
  • Inability to digest food
  • Inability to ingest food
  • Psychological disorder


  • Weight control.
  • Nutritional status.
  • Nutritional status. Food and liquid intake.
  • Nutritional status. Nutrient intake.


  • Helps to gain weight.
  • Stages in the diet.
  • Nutrition management.
  • Management of eating disorders.
  • Liquid monitoring.
  • Nutritional monitoring.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is
completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.

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