For Healthcare Professionals

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a proven program of recovery patterned after the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. OA doesn’t 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 global community resource that supports, but doesn’t replace, professional services, such as counseling, medication, treatment programs, and other modalities.

OA claims no medical or nutritional expertise. We encourage members to seek professional guidance and a plan of eating that allows them to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. It’s important to note that an individual can be at a healthy weight, yet still struggle with compulsive eating, restricting, bulimia or anorexia. OA offers hope and recovery to these people as well.

Resources for professionals:
Introduction to OA for the HCP
When to Refer Someone to OA
Patient/Client Flyer
FAQs About OA
Newsletter for Professionals

NIH journal articles:
Overeaters Anonymous: An Overlooked Intervention for Binge Eating Disorder

Overeaters Anonymous: A Mutual-Help Fellowship for Food Addiction Recovery