What is Overeaters Anonymous?

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.

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; we are free to interpret the word God as we choose.

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.

Compulsive Eating Behaviors

OA members experience a wide range of food- and eating-related behaviors, including some or all of the following:

  • Obsession with body image, weight and size
  • Binge eating, grazing or compulsive eating
  • Preoccupation with diets, restricting, fasting or starving
  • Laxative or diuretic abuse
  • Excessive exercise
  • Inducing vomiting after eating
  • Chewing and spitting out food
  • Use of diet pills, shots or other medical interventions to control weight
  • Constant preoccupation with food

While our symptoms may differ, we in OA share a common problem: the disease of compulsive eating. This common problem has led us to find a common solution in the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions and nine tools of Overeaters Anonymous.