If you are a newcomer to Overeaters Anonymous you are very welcome! Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who are recovering from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviours, for example compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, yo-yo dieting and over-exercising. We consider compulsive eating to be an addiction, a disease of the body, mind and spirit, like alcoholism and we follow the 12 step programme of recovery inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous.
If you are unsure whether you are a compulsive eater then you can try this quiz bellow.Take the quiz Newcomer Resources
Whatever problem you may have with food you are welcome at Overeaters Anonymous. Our only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. No one can tell you if you are a compulsive eater or not. Only you can decide if you are one of us and if you do, we welcome you with open arms.
We are not a diet club and we do not endorse a particular plan of eating. In OA “abstinence” is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviours one day at a time. The 12 step programme of recovery provides us with a framework for dealing with our problems without having to rely on excess food or other compulsive food behaviours.
There are no dues or fees for membership; we are self-supporting through voluntary contributions.
The 12 step programme of recovery is a spiritual solution to our shared problem of compulsive eating. You are free to define your spirituality and your Higher Power in whatever way works for you. A Higher Power could be the power of fellowship, love, nature or it could be a God of your understanding.
“OA’s Unity with Diversity Policy respects our differences and yet unites us in the solution to our common problem. Whatever problem you may have with food, you are welcome at Overeaters Anonymous, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other attribute” (adapted from OA Meeting Script format).