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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. 

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OA Found Me

Prior to entering Overeaters Anonymous in September 2004, I was a 25-year-old woman who could not break free of the binge and starve merry-go-round. My troubled relationship with food began at an early age. During my early teens, my food restriction was progressive. I was already fearful of my c Read more...

Feeling Good

I have been thinking about how proficient I was at feeling bad, and how I am now learning to feel good. My food compulsion started at age 7, which is when the worrying began as well as before-school stomach aches, bad dreams, fear at bedtime, and the chameleon-like behavior I developed to d Read more...

Grateful Dignity

Great Grateful for Dignity I first entered OA in 1990 after failing at various diets over the years. At that time, I’d gained back 60 pounds (27 kg) after a diet plus an additional 8 pounds (4 kg). I got the phone number for OA in New York City and was told where to find a meeting. When I walke Read more...

Octopus to Bed

I am sad about something. I’ve shared it with my sponsor, prayed about it to Higher Power, and mentioned it when a sponsee called, but it’s still there. I guess I need to share it with Lifeline too. that 10-year-old boy who feels alone and afraid came back. I had to leave with him as soon as the Read more...

Sixty-two and Counting

With OA, it was love at first sight. Within weeks, I committed to work the Steps and was embraced by my kindred spirits. At long last, I was home. I was also beginning to deal with the damages of childhood sexual abuse. Besides OA meetings and literature, I was waist-deep in therapy, flashb Read more...