Nutrition Services

SUPPORTING ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Eating Disorder, Disordered Eating, and Body Image Treatment:
A Health at Every Size, Fat Positive Practice with Registered Dietitians located in Newtown, Bucks County. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Colorado, Texas, California, Connecticut and Arizona. We can see clients in-person in our Newtown, Pennsylvania office or virtually in other states.

Beyond’s Registered Dietitians are committed to offering compassionate and holistic eating disorder care with a focus on Health at Every Size (HAES) principals. We have a significant focus on being fat-positive, while supporting intuitive eating within a HAES framework.

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What We Are All About

Health at Every Size

Our eating disorder registered dietitians use the Health at Every Size principles to prioritize overall well-being over traditional weight-centric measures. We challenge the conventional belief that weight is an indicator of health. We embrace diversity in body shapes and sizes, promoting self-acceptance and a shift away from societal pressures to achieve thinness.

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The Role of Beyond’s Registered Dietitian

As fat-positive registered dietitians specializing in eating disorder treatment, our role goes beyond conventional treatment. Traditional weight-centric interventions often fall short in addressing the root causes of eating disorders. We provide a more nuanced approach that is needed to foster healing. A dietitian's role is not about prescribing meal plans or counting calories; it involves building a supportive and trustful relationship with clients, understanding their unique needs, and guiding them towards a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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Fat-Positive Approach

Our fat-positive perspective challenges biases against larger bodies. As Health at Every Size dietitians, we help you heal your relationship with food and your body without focusing on weight. By promoting body acceptance, self-acceptance and self-compassion, clients are empowered to focus on behaviors that truly contribute to their overall happiness. We understand that anti-fat bias is rooted in the marginalization of bodies, especially those in the BIPOC community. We know that “health” is complicated, nuanced, and individualized. Individual behaviors do not impact health as much as diet culture wants us to believe. We also understand that dieting, weight cycling, and weight stigma are likely to worsen health. It is estimated that 95% of people who diet to lose weight gain it back within 3-5 years. Many gain more than they ever lost, which is not a negative thing, but rather a neutral response to starvation. Instead of prescribing a “treatment” that doesn’t work (because our bodies are geniuses and will do anything to keep us alive in a famine), we help people ditch diets, learn to eat enough food, unlearn weight stigmatizing beliefs, and accept themselves as they are. 

Eating Disorders and Intuitive Eating

All of our registered dietitians work within the Intuitive Eating framework. We encourage our clients to reconnect with their body's cues, trust their internal wisdom, and foster a positive relationship with food.  This approach is a valuable tool in dismantling restrictive eating patterns and promoting a more mindful and attuned approach to eating.

Advocacy

While the HAES approach gains recognition, challenges persist. Addressing anti-fat bias and societal stigmas surrounding body size requires collective efforts. Our registered dietitians’ commitment to the treatment of eating disorders is a journey that requires commitment, continuous learning, and a deep understanding of the unique needs of the community being served. Embracing a fat-positive approach, incorporating intuitive eating principles, and tailoring interventions to a client's specific needs help to foster healing. We challenge traditional norms and advocate for a more inclusive healthcare model for our clients.

Accessibility

We know how expensive eating disorder treatment can be. At Beyond Nutrition, we work to make eating disorder treatment as accessible as possible by taking most of the major commercial insurances. Most insurances can be billed for anorexia, bulimia, OSFED, ARFID, binge eating disorders, diabetes, high cholesterol and many others.

We currently are in network with Aetna, Cigna, Highmark BCBS, Horizon BCBS, Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield (Personal Choice and Keystone Health Plan East), and United Healthcare

We provide a worksheet here to check your benefits. 

We have an in person office in Newtown, Pennsylvania (Bucks County). We are within driving distance from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. We are also driveable from most of Mercer and Hunterdon County in New Jersey (Hopewell, Titusville, Pennington, Ewing, Trenton, Lawrenceville, Hamilton, Robbinsville, Princeton, West Windsor, Plainsboro,  Lambertville, Stockton, Flemington, Frenchtown).

We can see clients virtually in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Colorado, Texas, California, Connecticut and Arizona.

Who do we work with

Eating disorder nutrition counseling at Beyond is multifaceted process tailored to address diverse conditions such as anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder), ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), and orthorexia. For individuals with anorexia nervosa, treatment typically involves nutritional counseling to help a client to eat enough to be nourished. We rely on a client's internal wisdom to eat adequate nutrition.

  • In cases of Binge Eating Disorder, treatment will also include nutritional counseling, and addressing underlying restricting leading to bingeing.  We know BED is a restrictive eating disorder and clients with Binge Eating Disorder can not heal until they are nourishing their bodies - both physically and emotionally. 
  • OSFED encompasses various eating behaviors that don't fit into specific diagnostic criteria, requiring personalized treatment plans that address the unique challenges faced by individuals. OSFED can sometimes be called “Atypical Anorexia,” which we can attest is just anorexia, with a side of anti-fat bias. Anorexia is Anorexia no matter what your body size is. Body size does not predict the severity of an eating disorder. Yes, those in larger bodies can have anorexia. 
  • ARFID, also referred to as Extreme Picky Eating by some, is characterized by limited food preferences. This may or may not include changes to a child's growth pattern, however, adults are also diagnosed with ARFID and may or may not see any change in their body size. Traditional approaches work on exposures as the primary form of treatment. At Beyond Nutrition, we have seen first hand the trauma this has caused clients with ARFID -especially for those who are neurodivergent. We believe you must heal your relationship with food first before ever working on exposures to new foods. Food exposures are NEVER forced and must be client-led. 
  • Orthorexia, an obsession with healthy eating, often requires nutritional counseling since clients have often developed rigid food rules related to diet culture. We treat orthorexia by allowing you to learn to eat all foods without moral value. Each aspect of eating disorder treatment is intricately linked with fostering a positive body image and addressing the underlying psychological factors contributing to disordered eating behaviors.
  • Child Feeding/Eating Concerns are very common in our culture. Just Googling how to feed your baby/child can bring up millions of answers. It can be confusing and lead to parents/children struggling with their feeding/eating relationship. We work with children newborn - 18 years old. We counsel on picky eating, starting solid foods, stress around feeding children, failure to thrive, food allergies, high cholesterol, diabetes, body image concerns and concerns about your child’s weight (full disclosure we do not recommend weight loss - see Health at Every Size section above)