Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements typically involves obesity, which is a significant risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disorders, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sleep disorders, and infertility in women. It can also aggravate musculoskeletal problems and decrease life expectancy.
The prevalence of overweight and obesity is now growing worldwide at an alarming rate. These conditions can likely occur if a person’s food intake is greater than what the body can use for energy. It has long been considered to be accounting for significant other health problems, like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sleep disorders, infertility in women, aggravated musculoskeletal problems, and shortened life expectancy.
This means that if you are overweight, you may develop these conditions that will put you at high-risk of cardiovascular diseases. You can tell if a person is obese by the size of the waist, the ratio of the waist to the hips, and the relationship between the height and the weight. This measure is known as the Body Mass Index (BMI). It is not the best way of checking the cardiovascular risk but as the BMI increases, so does the risk of heart disease and stroke. If the BMI is greater than 25, it is considered overweight. If the BMI is more than 30, it is obese.
NOTE: The nursing diagnosis “Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements” has been retired from the current taxonomy. Alternative nursing diagnoses include: “Overweight, Obesity, and Risk for Overweight.”
African Americans and Hispanic individuals are more likely to be overweight than Caucasians. There are also several factors that affect weight gain including genetics, sedentary lifestyle, emotional factors associated with dysfunctional eating, medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, severe hypertension, Cushing’s syndrome, and cultural or ethnic influences on eating.
Without proper knowledge and intervention, it is likely that this patient population is expected to develop cardiovascular complications and will need substantial resources for future management.
What are the goals and outcomes for nursing diagnosis of imbalanced nutrition more than body requirements?
The following are the common goals and expected outcomes:
- Patient claims ownership for current eating patterns.
- Patient designs dietary modifications to meet individual long-term goal of weight control, using principles of variety, balance, and moderation.
- Patient verbalizes accurate information about benefits of weight loss.
- Patient verbalizes measures necessary to attain beginning weight reduction.
- Patient states related factors contributing to weight gain.
- Patient identifies behaviors that remain under his or her control.
- Patient fulfills desired weight loss in a reasonable period (1 to 2 pounds per week).
- Patient organizes relevant activities requiring energy expenditure into daily life.
- Patient uses sound scientific sources to evaluate need for nutritional supplements.
- Patient demonstrates appropriate selection of meals or menu planning toward the goal of weight reduction.
Imbalanced Nutrition More Than Body Requirements Nursing Assessment
What are the nursing assessments for imbalanced nutrition more than body requirements?
Assessment is needed in order to identify potential problems that may have lead to Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements as well as name any episode that may transpire during nursing care.
|Note weight, waist circumference, and calculate body mass index (BMI).||Exact weight needs to be documented, as patient may have been estimating over time. Men with waist circumference greater than 40 inches and women with greater than 35 inches are at higher risk for obesity-related complications. BMI describes relative weight for height and is significantly associated with total body fat content. BMI is the patient’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his or her height in meters. A BMI between 20 and 24 is associated with healthier outcomes. BMIs greater than 25 are associated with increased morbidity and mortality.|
|Obtain a thorough history.||The most appropriate patients for the nursing intervention of Weight Management are adults with no major health problems who require diet therapy.|
|Evaluate patient’s physiological status in relation to weight control.||Nondieting approaches focus on changing disturbed thoughts, emotions, and body image associated with obesity to help obese persons accept themselves and resolve concerns that prevent long-term weight maintenance.|
|Assess the effects or complications of being overweight.||Medical complications include cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction, sleep-disordered breathing, higher incidence of diabetes mellitus, and aggravation of musculoskeletal disorders. Social complications and poor self-esteem may also result from obesity.|
|Know patient’s knowledge of a nutritious diet and need for supplements.||This information is helpful in developing an individualized teaching plan based on patient’s current state.|
|Assess dietary intake through 24-hour recall or questions regarding usual intake of food groups.||Data may not be fully accurate. Permits appraisal of patient’s knowledge about diet also.|
|Determine the patient’s readiness to initiate a weight loss regimen by asking questions such as the following:
How do you feel about starting a weight loss program?
|More specific directions regarding weight loss can be addressed if the patient is in the preparation or action stages.|
|Observe for situations that indicate a nutritional intake of more than body requirements.||Such observations help gain a clear picture of the patient’s dietary habits.|
|Conduct a nutritional assessment to include:
||Environmental factors greatly contribute to obesity than genetics or biological vulnerability. Assessment of current eating patterns provides a baseline for change. Assessment methods may include 24-hour recall and foods eaten, food diaries/records, or food frequency recording using typical food groups.|
|Discover the behavioral factors that contribute to overeating.||Overeating may be triggered by environmental cues and behavioral factors unrelated to physiological hunger sensations.|
|Determine patient’s motivation to lose weight, whether for appearance or health benefits.||Successful change is more likely to occur if patient has formulated plans for dealing with any barriers.|
|Assess the patient’s ability to read food labels.||Food labels contain information necessary in making appropriate selections, but can be misleading. Patients need to understand that “low-fat” or “fat-free” does not mean that a food item is calorie free. In addition, attention should be paid to serving size and the number of servings in the food item.|
|Assess for use of nonprescription diet aids.||Clinicians should be aware that apparently harmless herbal remedies may have potent ingredients that are not subjected to the same analysis that the FDA devotes to prescription drugs.|
|Determine the patient’s ability to plan a menu and make appropriate food selections.||This information provides the starting point for the educational sessions. Teaching content the patient already knows wastes valuable time and hinders critical learning.|
|Evaluate the patient’s ability to accurately identify appropriate food portions.||Serving sizes must be understood to limit intake according to a planned diet.|
Imbalanced Nutrition More Than Body Requirements Interventions
What are the nursing interventions for imbalanced nutrition more than body requirements?
The following are the therapeutic nursing interventions for Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements:
|Initiate a patient contract that includes rewarding and reinforcing progressive goal attainment.||Patient contracts render a unique chance for patients to learn to analyze their behavior in relationship to the environment and to choose behavioral strategies that will facilitate learning.|
|Set appropriate short-term and long-term goals.||Improvement in nutritional status may take a long time. Patient may lose interest in the whole process without short-term goals.|
|Negotiate with the patient regarding the aspects of his or her diet that will need to be modified.||Give and take with the patient will lead to culturally harmonious care.|
|Suggest patient to keep a diary of food intake and circumstances surrounding its consumption (methods of preparation, duration of meal, social situation, overall mood, activities accompanying consumption).||Self-monitoring helps the patient assess adherence to self-determined performance criteria and progress toward desired goals. Self-monitoring serves an important role in the maintenance of internal standards of behavior.|
|Advise patient to measure food regularly.||Measuring food alerts patient to normal portion sizes. Estimating amounts can be extremely inaccurate.|
|Encourage water intake.||Water helps in the elimination of byproducts of fat breakdown and helps prevent ketosis.|
|Review patient’s current exercise level. With patient and primary healthcare provider, design a long-term exercise program.||Exercise is vital for increased energy expenditure, for maintenance of lean body mass, and as component of a total change in lifestyle.|
|Weigh patient twice a week under the same conditions.||It is important to most patients and their progress to have an actual reward that the scale shows. Monitoring twice a week keeps the patient on the program by not allowing him or her to eat out of control for a couple of days and then fast to lose weight.|
|Educate patient about adequate nutritional intake. A total plan permits occasional treats.||Permanent lifestyle changes must occur for weight loss to be long lasting. Excluding all treats is not sustainable. During energy restriction, a patient should consume 72 to 80 g of high biological value protein per day to lessen risk of ventricular arrhythmias.|
|Familiarize patient with the following behavior modification techniques:||Self-monitoring is the centerpiece of behavioral weight loss intervention programs. In short, self-monitoring is fundamentally linked to successful weight loss.|
|Allow and encourage patient to adopt an exercise routine that involves 45 minutes of exercise five times per week.||Moderately intense physical activity for 30 to 45 minutes 5 to 7 days/week can expend the 1500 to 2000 calories/week that appear to be necessary to maintain weight loss.|
|Observe for overuse of particular nutrients.||Patients who are consuming excessive amounts of some nutrients may also be consuming less than adequate amounts of others.|
|Provide the patient and family with information regarding the treatment plan options.||Because the goal is to obtain a permanent change in weight management, the decision regarding treatment plans should be left up to the patient and family.|
|Guide the patient regarding changes that will make a major impact on health.||Even modest weight loss contributes to diabetes and hypertension control.|
|Acquaint the patient and family of the disadvantages of trying to lose weight by dieting alone.||With a reduced-calorie diet alone, as much as 25% of the weight lost can be lean body mass rather than fat.|
|Explain the importance of exercise in a weight control program.||A physically conditioned person uses more fat for energy at rest and with exercise than a sedentary person does.|
|Teach stress reduction methods as alternatives to eating.||The patient needs to substitute healthy for unhealthy behaviors.|
Imbalanced Nutrition More Than Body Requirements Nursing Care Plans
Imbalanced Nutrition More Than Body Requirements Nursing Care Plan 1
Nursing Diagnosis: Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements related to greater intake than metabolic needs as evidenced by decreased appetite, sedentary activity level, and weight gain.
Desired Outcome: The patient will maintain a stable weight and take necessary nutrients.
|1. Evaluate the patient’s weight.||Patients with hypothyroidism may gain weight due to excess fluid volume and low basal metabolic rate.|
|2. Evaluate the patient’s appetite.||Patients with hypothyroidism have a decreased appetite. Weight gain and decreased appetite are common manifestations of hypothyroidism.|
|3. Create a food diary with the patient.||A 24-hour food recall provides a baseline for a personalized nutritional plan in accordance to the patient’s metabolic needs.|
|4. Educate the patient and family regarding body weight changes in hypothyroidism.||This allows the patient and the family to understand the inverse relationship between appetite and weight gain in hypothyroidism.|
|5. Coordinate with a dietician to determine the patient’s caloric needs.||This is necessary so that the appropriate caloric requirements to maintain nutrient intake and achieve a stable weight can be calculated.|
|6. Encourage the patient to eat six small meals throughout the day.||This ensures that the patient with decreased energy levels has adequate nutrient intake.|
|7. Offer assistance as needed during mealtime.||This ensures that the patient has adequate nutrient intake despite decreased energy levels.|
|8. Encourage the patient to eat high-fiber foods.||Hypothyroidism causes constipation by decreasing gastrointestinal motility.|
|9. Encourage the patient to adopt a diet low in cholesterol, calories, and saturated fat.||Hypothyroidism makes it difficult for the body to metabolize and remove bad cholesterol from the body. Additionally, since the patient has slow metabolism, he/she requires fewer calories to support metabolic needs.|
Imbalanced Nutrition More Than Body Requirements Nursing Care Plan 2
Binge Eating Disorder
Nursing Diagnosis: Imbalanced Nutrition: More Than Body Requirements to inadequate food intake, self-induced vomiting, or chronic/excessive laxative use secondary to binge eating disorder as evidenced by a body weight 15% (or greater) below or within the accepted range, excessive hair loss, pale conjunctiva and mucous membranes, poor skin turgor/muscle tone, amenorrhea, hypothermia, bradycardia, cardiac irregularities, and hypotension.
Desired outcomes include:
- The patient will express understanding of nutritional needs
- The patient will establish a dietary pattern with a caloric intake enough to adequately regain/maintain an appropriate weight.
- The patient will demonstrate weight gain that is within the individually expected range.
|1. Monitor the patient during mealtimes and for a specified period after meals (usually one hour after meals).||This would prevent vomiting episodes during or after eating.|
|2. Distinguish the patient’s elimination patterns.||This would prevent the patient’s self-induced vomiting|
|3. Assess the patient’s suicide potential||Warning signs to look out for include having comorbid psychiatric symptoms and a history of sexual abuse.|
|4. Identify the patient’s risk of laxative, emetic, and diuretic abuse||Abuse of these medications may be observed in bulimic patients.|
|5. Establish a minimum goal weight and daily nutritional requirements||Adequate nutrition improves the patient’s cognitive capacity. Malnutrition may influence the patient’s mood and can lead to depression, agitation, and altered mental status.|
|6. Maintain a consistent therapeutic approach and stimulate a pleasant environment and record intake.||Maintaining a consistent approach will help in establishing rapport with the patient. This can be achieved by structuring meals and avoiding discussions about food to reduce power struggles and manipulation with the patient. Additionally, avoid any comment that may come out as coercion because the patient might detect urgency and react to pressure.|
|7. Provide smaller meals and supplemental snacks if necessary.||This is to prevent gastric dilation which may occur if refeeding is administered too rapidly after a period of fasting or starvation dieting.|