Healthcare Professionals

Welcome Healthcare Professionals

Do you have patients whose weight, body image, food attitudes or behaviors cause health problems? 

Overeaters Anonymous does not concern itself with the medical aspects of obesity, but with the compulsive nature of overeating. OA believes that compulsive eating is a threefold disease: physical, emotional and spiritual, which, like alcoholism and drug abuse, can be arrested, but not cured. The OA approach to this problem is a resource which can enhance – not replace – your existing treatment programs for these patients.

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship of men and women who have a common problem: compulsive eating. We join together to share experience, strength and hope with one another to solve this problem and to help other compulsive eaters to do the same. . The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for OA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. Our goal is to abstain from compulsive eating one day at a time. We do this through regular contact with other members, OA meetings, and by following the Twelve-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, changing only the words “alcohol” and “alcoholic” to “food” and “compulsive eater.”

The series of questions entitled “Are You a Compulsive Overeater?” may help your clients and patients determine if they are compulsive eaters. Our members find that they have answered “yes” to many of these questions.

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