Overeaters Anonymous is a proven program of recovery patterned after the Twelve Step of Alcoholics Anonymous. OA does not concern itself with the medical aspects of obesity, anorexia or bulimia, but rather with the compulsive nature of overeating and other eating disorders. OA believes that compulsive eating is a threefold disease: physical, emotional and spiritual, which, like alcoholism and drug abuse, can be arrested, but not cured. The OA program is a resource that can enhance—but not replace—your existing treatment programs.
Because OA claims no medical or nutritional expertise, we strongly recommend that members seek professional guidance and a plan of eating that allows them to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. As a healthcare professional, you may also work with patients who are at a healthy body weight, yet still struggle with compulsive eating, restricting, bulimia or anorexia. Overeaters Anonymous offers hope and recovery to these individuals as well.