ABOUT

Get to Know Us
and Our Philosophy

HOW WE STARTED

Amy and Rhonda met in 2001 when they were both colleagues in an eating disorder treatment facility. They both now work exclusively in private practice and have over 40 years of combined experience working with people with eating disorders and compulsive dieting. Throughout the years they have remained like-minded in their treatment approaches and great friends as well! After reading Judith Matz's and Ellen Frankel's, "Beyond a Shadow of a Diet" in 2009, Rhonda finally found a template for helping people recover from the Diet Culture mentality that keeps people repeating the same damaging pattern of weight loss and regain. Intuitive Eating is truly life-changing. In 2020, Amy and Rhonda decided to join forces and start an outpatient facility to help people recover from their food and body image issues. They decided to call it "Kaleidoscope" to reflect the constant changes inherent in almost every aspect of life.

OUR APPROACH

HAES™ and Intuitive Eating

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) affirms a holistic definition of health, which cannot be characterized as simply the absence of physical or mental illness, limitation, or disease. Rather, health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. Health should be conceived as a resource or capacity available to all regardless of health condition or ability level, and not as an outcome or objective of living. Pursuing health is neither a moral imperative nor an individual obligation, and health status should never be used to judge, oppress, or determine the value of an individual. 
 

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The framing for a Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach comes out of discussions among healthcare workers, consumers, and activists who reject both the use of weight, size, or BMI as proxies for health, and the myth that weight is a choice. The HAES model is an approach to both policy and individual decision-making. It addresses broad forces that support health, such as safe and affordable access. It also helps people find sustainable practices that support individual and community well-being. The HAES approach honors the healing power of social connections, evolves in response to the experiences and needs of a diverse community, and grounds itself in a social justice framework.

The Health At Every Size® Principles are:

 

  1. Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
     

  2. Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
     

  3. Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
     

  4. Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
     

  5. Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.