00163 Willingness To Improve Nutrition

Domain 2: nutrition
Class 1: ingestion
Diagnostic Code: 00163
Nanda label: disposition to improve nutrition
Diagnostic focus: nutrition
Approved 2002 • Revised 2013 • Evidence level 2.1

NANDA Nursing Diagnosis Definition

The Nanda nursing diagnosis « willingness to improve nutrition is defined as: nutrient consumption pattern, which can be reinforced.

Definite characteristics

  • Express desire to improve nutrition

Suggestions of use

  • If risk factors are observed, a risk of nutritional imbalance, intake greater than needs should be used.

Suggested alternative diagnostics

  • Knowledge (specify), willing to improve the
  • Nutritional imbalance, risk of (specify whether the intake is higher or lower than needs)
  • Liquid balance, disposition to improve the

NOC Results

  • Compliance behavior: personal actions to improve well -being, recovery and rehabilitation
  • Behavior to maintain weight: personal actions to maintain optimal body weight
  • Knowledge: Diet: degree of understanding transmitted about the recommended diet
  • Nutritional status: degree in which nutrients are available to meet metabolic needs
  • Nutritional status: Nutrient intake: Nutrient ingested to meet metabolic needs

Evaluation objectives and criteria

  • Demonstrates nutritional status, as manifested by the following indicators (specify from 1 to 5: severe, substantial, moderate, mild or without deviation from normal limits): nutrient intake, food intake, fluid intake, relationship Weight/height, energy
  • Other examples

    The patient will be able to:

    • Maintain an ideal weight (specify)
    • Consume a balanced diet
    • Report a better nutritional value of food consumed (for example, eat less processed foods, less saturated fats)

    NIC Interventions

    • Nutrition advice: use of an interactive aid process that focuses on the need to modify the diet
    • Nutrition control: patient data collection and analysis to prevent or reduce malnutrition
    • Health Education: Development and offer of instruction and learning experiences to facilitate voluntary adaptation of behavior to improve the health of individuals, families, groups or communities
    • Teaching: prescribed diet: Preparation of a patient to correctly follow the prescribed diet
    • Teaching: Individual: Planning, application and evaluation of a teaching program designed to deal with the particular needs of a patient
    • Nutrition management: help or provision of a balanced diet in food and liquids
    • Weight management: facilitation of maintenance of body weight and an optimal body fat percentage

    Nursing Activities


    • Monitor the presence of risk factors for gain or weight loss
    • Evaluate plans to improve diet
    • (NIC) Nutrition advice:
      • Determine food intake and patient eating habits
      • Facilitate the identification of food behavior that must be modified
      • Talk about foods that please and displease the patient
    • Determine the ideal body weight of the patient
    • Determine the ideal percentage of patient’s body fat
    • Teach the patient to weigh at adequate intervals

    Patient and family education

    • Provide information on available community resources, such as dietary advice, exercise programs or self -help groups
    • Highlight cultural and hereditary habits and factors that influence the weight
    • Talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight
    • Provide information on the purchase, preparation and storage of nutritious foods
    • Help elaborate healthy eating programs
    • (NIC) Nutrition advice:
      • Talk about the patient’s knowledge about the four main food groups, as well as their perception of the need to modify the diet
      • Inform, as required, about the need to modify the diet: weight loss, weight gain, sodium restriction, cholesterol reduction, fluid restriction, etc.


    • Provide frequent positive reinforcement for adequate nutrition

    At home

    • above interventions can be applied or adapted to home care

    Babies and Children

    • Teach parents to give preference to healthy eating and offer a balanced diet
    • Teach parents to avoid the use of food as a reward for good behavior
    • Involve the child in the planning and preparation of food
    • Encourage parents to limit the use of television to one or two hours a day; Instead, perform physical activities with their children (for example, swimming, cycling)
    • Also see the recommendations for babies and children of diagnosis Nutritional imbalance: intake lower than needs.