Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous (OA)—a community of people who through shared experience, strength, and hope are recovering from unhealthy relationships with food and body image.
Who goes to Overeaters Anonymous?
In Overeaters Anonymous, you’ll find members who are extremely overweight, even morbidly obese, moderately overweight, average weight, underweight, still maintaining periodic control over their eating behavior, or totally unable to control their compulsive eating.
What is an OA meeting like?
We gather around a table or in a circle of chairs. Our meetings follow a format (like a script) that a volunteer leader reads. The format usually includes reading the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Other OA literature may also be read.
Does Overeaters Anonymous cost money?
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.
How do I stop over eating?
- Familiarize yourself with recommended portion sizes.
- Include a fiber source with meals and snacks.
- Avoid skipping meals.
- Know and limit the foods that are easiest to overeat.
- Stay hydrated.
- Be mindful about why you’re eating and pay attention to hunger cues.
- Slow down.
What is the OA diet plan?
OA has created a Plan of Eating to help people recover from compulsive eating behaviors. The plan aims to identify specific eating patterns and guide healthy eating decisions. The plan is individualized. It doesn’t provide any specific suggestions for foods, calorie totals, or other restrictions.
What is a GREY sheeter?
Distributed by Overeaters Anonymous to its members until 1986, the Grey Sheet Diet was a meal plan that received its name from the grey-colored paper on which it was printed. The plan was designed to help control food addiction and promote weight loss.
What are the symptoms of overeating?
Overeating causes the stomach to expand beyond its normal size to adjust to the large amount of food. The expanded stomach pushes against other organs, making you uncomfortable. This discomfort can take the form of feeling tired, sluggish or drowsy. Your clothes also may feel tight, too.
How do I know if I’m a compulsive overeater?
Eating until you’re uncomfortably full. Frequently eating alone or in secret. Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating. Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss.
What is the difference between OA and EDA?
In OA, food addicts are required to abstain from specific foods that may be triggering and to adopt specific disciplines around eating. In EDA, any rigidity around food is avoided. Members are devoted to helping each other build more resilient relationships with themselves, others and food.
How long do OA meetings last?
Meetings usually last between one and one and a half hours. Before and after the meeting, feel free to ask questions and pick up some OA literature to help you learn about the program.
What is sobriety in Overeaters Anonymous?
A handy guide to terms and concepts. Abstinence is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through living and working the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.
Can you drink alcohol in Overeaters Anonymous?
We do not drink alcohol. We don’t drink alcohol or eat foods containing sugar unless sugar is 5th or beyond in the ingredient list. also read OA literature. Read on a daily basis, the literature impresses on us certain basic truth that are vital to our growth.
What is an OA footsteps meeting?
We are a virtual intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous, and welcome you to join us! Welcome Home! Please scroll down for our weekly Meetings Schedule, and feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or inquiries.
Can I do Overeaters Anonymous online?
Yes. Go to our Find a Meeting page for information and assistance in finding an online or telephone meeting.
How do you fight gluttony?
- Step 1: Adopt My ‘Sensory Overload’ Strategy.
- Step 2: Reduce Your Portions and Eat More Slowly.
- Step 3: Leave Leftovers for Later.
- Step 4: Leave Just One Bite.
Why do I want to eat all the time?
Being constantly hungry can be caused by lack of protein, fiber and fat in your diet. Not getting enough sleep or being stressed can also affect your appetite. Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, talks about why you may constantly feel hungry and how certain foods can help you feel full for longer.
Why do I keep eating when I’m full?
New research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center suggests that ghrelin, the hormone that your body secretes when you are hungry, might also act on the brain influencing the hedonic aspects of eating behavior. The result is that we continue to eat “pleasurable” foods even when we are full.
What are the nine tools of Overeaters Anonymous?
We use these Tools—a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, telephone, writing, literature, action plan, anonymity, and service—on a regular basis, to help us achieve and maintain abstinence and recovery from our disease.
What are the tools of recovery in Overeaters Anonymous?
These tools of recovery are a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, the telephone, writing, literature, anonymity, service, and action plan. Many of us have found that we can’t abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors unless we use OA’s nine tools of recovery.
What is the HOW program?
HOW® stands for Health through Oral Wellness®. It’s a unique, patient-centered program that encourages an open, collaborative patient-dentist relationship. By taking a simple assessment and seeing your dentist for preventive oral care based on your individual needs, you can take charge of your oral health.
What is GreySheet abstinence?
What is GreySheet Abstinence? We define abstinence as three weighed and measured meals a day from the GreySheet food plan, with nothing in between meals, except black coffee, tea, and diet soda.
Does OA work?
Some people love the program and recover in it, but for many, OA does not work . People with eating disorders often blame themselves for their failure in OA, attributing it to their weaknesses. This article describes how lack of success in the program is due to practices that reinforce the eating disorder.
Is eating too much a mental disorder?
Binge eating disorder is a serious mental illness. People with binge eating disorder regularly (at least once a week) eat large quantities of food, rapidly, in a short period of time. They feel out of control and unable to stop themselves from eating. This is often linked with high levels of distress.
What do you say to a binge eater?
- “I care about you.”
- “I want you to be happy and healthy.”
- “I’m here for you when you need me.”
- “I’m going to support you through this.”
- “I won’t share what you tell me with anyone else without your permission.”
- “I won’t judge you.”