What is an Overeaters Anonymous 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.

What is an EDA meeting?

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder.

How much does Overeaters Anonymous cost?

Overeaters Anonymous (OA), a fellowship based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the oldest and most accessible resources for people with eating disorders, and it’s free.

Does Overeaters Anonymous have online meetings?

Yes. Go to our Find a Meeting page for information and assistance in finding an online or telephone meeting.

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.

Are OA meetings free?

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.

What should I expect at my first OA meeting?

You’ll meet others like you with a simple first name introduction and be genuinely welcomed. Get yourself settled with the group to enjoy various readings, members sharing their journeys, and learning more about OA. Participate as much or as little as you want.

How long does an OA meeting last?

Most Overeaters Anonymous meetings last between 60 and 90 minutes. Some support groups meet multiple times per week, while others meet once per week. If you would like to attend meetings more often than a single group provides, you may attend more than one OA meeting.

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 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.

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 90 day OA meeting?

The term “90-day meetings” refers to OA meeting formats that asks people with 90 days or more of continuous abstinence to share, and those who don’t to listen at first. Just like drinking, compulsive eating places us in a state of diminished capacity, clouds our thinking, and makes life unmanageable.

How do you join Overeaters Anonymous?

The only real requirement to join this organization is a desire to stop overeating or letting food control you. If you have this goal, you are free to join. There is no registration required to become a member or attend meetings.

Does Overeaters Anonymous still exist?

Overeaters Anonymous estimates its membership at over 60,000 people in about 6,500 groups meeting in over 75 countries. OA has developed its own literature specifically for those who eat compulsively but also uses the Alcoholics Anonymous books Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.

What is abstinence for Overeaters Anonymous?

What is abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous? Current Definition: Abstinence: The action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.

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.

What does OA stand for Anonymous?

Hello there. 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.

How do you meet an OA?

Meetings begin and end with brief readings from HOW-OA literature. Some meetings continue with more reading and discussion; at other meetings a member shares their story. Then there is time available for those who wish to briefly share their experience, strength and hope. Come to a meeting (see schedule) and listen.

What is AA and OA?

Founded in 1960, the OA approach is based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which focuses on physical, emotional, and spiritual elements. According to their bylaws and policies, the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively.

What is the difference between an open and closed OA meeting?

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.” Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.

What is an open vs closed OA meeting?

What is the difference between an open group and a closed meeting? The designation of open and closed meetings have to do with the level of anonymity the group has chosen. If you think you have issues with food and are interested in exploring OA, you are welcome at any meeting—open or closed.

What are the OA tools?

  • A Plan of Eating. As a tool, a plan of eating helps us to abstain from eating compulsively.
  • Sponsorship. Sponsors are OA members who are living the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions to the best of their ability.
  • Meetings.
  • Telephone.
  • Writing.
  • Literature.
  • Anonymity.
  • Service.

How do I get an OA sponsor?

A great starting place to find a sponsor is at a meeting in your local area. Attend as many meetings as you can to find candidates. Look for people at meetings you identify with and who have what you want. You may need to attend several meetings before you find a sponsor.

Is Overeaters Anonymous religious?

OA is not a religious organization. OA members are people of many religious faiths as well as atheists and agnostics. The OA recovery program is based on acceptance of certain spiritual principles.

What is the purpose of Overeaters Anonymous?

OA’s primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

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