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What Is OA About?
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating behaviors. Whether compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, excessive exercise, any combination of these, or any other compulsive eating behavior is a problem for you, we welcome you. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.
Do I belong in OA?
Our symptoms may vary, but we share a common bond: we are powerless over food, and our lives have become unmanageable. This common problem has led those in OA to seek and find a common solution in the Twelve Steps
with the assistance of the Twelve Traditions
of OA and our nine Tools
How does OA work?
We in OA believe we have a threefold illness—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Tens of thousands have found that OA’s Twelve Step program brings recovery on all three levels. The Twelve Steps embody a set of actions we take. These Steps put us in touch with a Higher Power who restores us to sanity. As we work the Steps, we let go of old attitudes, and we find we are being relieved of our obsession with our eating disorder. Those of us who choose to work the Steps, one day at a time, achieve a new way of life with lasting freedom from our food obsession. A sponsor can help us understand how to apply the Principles of the Steps. Sponsors are members who also work the program.
What resources are available to me as I begin to work this program of recovery?
OA has extensive resources for you:
For many newcomers, a good way to see if OA is for you is to answer these Fifteen Questions.
OA has a bookstore
where all of our publications (pamphlets, books, and audio- visual and digital products) are listed for purchase.
Some of our helpful information documents
are downloadable for free.
Our website oa.org has member- and group-support information and extensive libraries of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for
and service bodies.
On the website, you can obtain meeting information
and listen to podcasts
Our website also has an event calendar where we list upcoming events submitted by our groups and service bodies around the world.
There are many helpful documents on oa.org. Please visit it often.
What is my next step?
Find a meeting
: face-to-face, telephone, online, or non-real-time. When you go to a meeting, we highly recommend you look for a sponsor. By following the Twelve Steps, attending meetings regularly, and using the OA Tools, we are changing our lives. You will find hope and encouragement in OA. To the newcomer, we suggest attending at least six different meetings to learn the many ways OA can help you.
2019 New Definition of Abstinence and Recovery
Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.
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