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.
I came to OA when I was eight months pregnant, overweight, and gaining more with the pregnancy.
A nutritionist gave me a food plan: three meals and three snacks daily, no sugar or junk food, and a balance of carbs and protein.
I walked into my first OA meeting with my food plan and got the help I needed. I kept going back and experienced abstinence for the first time. But after I had my baby boy, I took back my will and was into the food again big time.
I’m thankful I had the willingness to return. I went to more meetings, found a sponsor, worked the Steps, and used the plan my nutritionist gave me, and I lost 80 pounds (36 kg). Eventually I dropped one snack from my plan, and that worked for a long time, even during my second pregnancy.
Later I dropped my morning snack, and recently I dropped the last snack, making my plan 3-0-1: three meals a day, nothing in between, one day at a time.
I have five years of abstinence now. For a long time, though, I felt my abstinence wasn’t good enough because my food plan seemed different from what I was hearing in OA. But my sponsor reminded me that this works for me and to let it go.
The amazing thing is I didn’t just decide to drop a snack from my plan; it happened when I wasn’t trying! God did for me what I could never do for myself.
My message for the still-suffering overeater is to find a plan that could work for you and try to abstain just for today. You might be surprised how the days add up and weight comes off, one day at a time.
— Lifeline, May 2011
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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.