Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet in order to help solve a common problem - compulsive overeating, which includes obesity, anorexia and bulimia. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
Today marks fourteen years of OA Fellowship for me. At age 38 I learned it was okay to change my mind, so I added “no” to my vocabulary. Later I learned that: a) I was a whole person without a man; b) going to counseling without my husband helps me, if not him; and c) I’m not a failure just because my marriage didn’t last. More recently I discovered that I am more than my body, that I am important and can make a difference, and that I have become a gentlewoman, full of grace.
How did I become so wise? I worked a program. I kept reading the AA and OA literature, phoning, journaling, attending meetings, using sponsors, and sponsoring. Starting meetings, leading meetings, and joining retreat and marathon committees brought me more insights.
I was told at the first meeting that I was powerless over food, and I was encouraged to give God my weight and eating behaviors. In return Iwould find a solution—after years of overeating followed by ten years of anorexia! And it’s true. Today I have a choice. I’ve chosen to write this article rather than act on the food thoughts.
— Lifeline, January 1998
Lifeline, OA’s international magazine, serves as an indispensable “meeting-on-the-go.” Since 1962, when the first issue debuted as the OA Bulletin, Lifeline has offered encouragement and hope to thousands of readers. Tucked in a purse, a suitcoat pocket or a lunch bag, Lifeline accompanies members around the world, ready to provide inspiration and support when needed. Print and/or digital versions available.Subscribe to Lifeline today!
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. 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.
Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.