Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.
obsession with body weight, size and shape
WHO BELONGS IN OA ?
OA members experience many different patterns of food behaviors. These "symptoms" are as varied as our membership. Among them are:
- eating binges or grazing
- obsession with body weight, size and shape
- laxative or diuretic abuse
- inability to stop eating certain foods after taking the first bite
- constant preoccupation with food
ARE YOU A COMPULSIVE OVEREATER ?
Do I eat when I’m not hungry, or not eat when my body needs nourishment ?
Do I go on eating binges for no apparent reason, sometimes eating until I’m stuffed or even feel sick ?
Do I have feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat?
Only you can decide that question. No one else can make this decision for you. We who are now in OA have found a way of life which enables us to live without the need for excess food. We believe that compulsive eating is a progressive illness, one that, like alcoholism and some other illnesses, can be arrested. Remember, there is no shame in admitting you have a problem; the most important thing is to do something about it.
Why is OA anonymous?
Anonymity allows the Fellowship to govern itself through principles rather than personalities. Social and economic status have no relevance in OA; we are all compulsive eaters. Anonymity at the level of press, radio, television and other media of communication provides assurance that OA membership will not be disclosed.
Where can I find OA?
You can click on the ``Annapolis Meetings`` or visit the OA.org Find A Meeting
Overeaters Anonymous has no dues or fees for membership. It is entirely self-supporting through literature sales and member contributions. Most groups “pass the basket” at meetings to cover expenses. OA does not solicit or accept outside contributions.