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Our Invitation To You

We of Overeaters Anonymous have made a discovery. At the very first meeting we attended, we learned that we were in the clutches of a dangerous illness, and that willpower, emotional health and self-confidence, which some of us had once possessed, were no defense against it.

We have found that the reasons for this illness are unimportant. What deserves the attention of the still-suffering compulsive overeater is this: There is a proven, workable method by which we can arrest our illness.

The OA recovery program is patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous. We use AA’s twelve steps and twelve traditions, changing only the words “alcoholic” and “alcohol” to “food” and “compulsive overeating.”

Articles in this section

  • How it works

    19 December 2015

    As our personal stories attest, the twelve-step program of recovery works as well for compulsive overeaters as it does for alcoholics.
    Can we guarantee you this recovery? The answer is simple. If you will honestly face the truth about yourself and the illness; if you keep coming back to meetings to talk and listen to other recovering compulsive overeaters; if you will read our literature and that of Alcoholic Anonymous with an open mind; and most important, if you are willing to rely on a (...)

  • Twelve Steps

    19 décembre 2015

    The 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous.
    1) We admitted we were powerless over food-that our lives had become unmanageable.
    2) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    3) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
    4) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    5) Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    6) Were entirely ready to have God (...)

  • Twelve Traditions

    11 December 2015

    The 12 Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous.
    1) Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.
    2) For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority-a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
    3) The only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
    4) Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.
    5) (...)

  • Twelve Concepts

    19 December 2015

    The 12 Concepts of Overeaters Anonymous.
    The 12 Concepts of Overeaters Anonymous
    1) The ultimate responsibility and authority for OA world services reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.
    2) The OA groups have delegated to World Service Business Conference the active maintenance of our world services; thus, World Service Business Conference is the voice, authority and effective conscience of OA as a whole.
    3) The right of decision, based on trust, makes effective (...)

  • Nine Tools

    19 December 2015

    The 9 Tools of Overeaters Anonymous.
    In working Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program of recovery from compulsive overeating, we have found a number of tools to assist us.
    We use these tools regularly to help us achieve and maintain abstinence. In Overeaters Anonymous (OA), abstinence is “the action of refraining from compulsive eating".
    Many of us have found that we cannot abstain from compulsive eating unless we use some or all of OA’s nine tools of recovery. A Plan of Eating (...)