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. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.

Patterned after the Twelve-Step Alcoholics Anonymous program, the OA  program addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of compulsive overeating.

OA is not a diet club. The concept of abstinence is the basis of the program of recovery. Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous 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 the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.

By admitting inability to control compulsive overeating in the past, and abandoning the idea that “a little willpower,” is all it takes to eat normally, it becomes possible to abstain from overeating one day at a time.For weight loss, any medically approved plan of eating is acceptable.

OA is a non-profit international organization that provides volunteer support groups worldwide. Members are encouraged to seek professional help for individual diet/nutrition plans and for any emotional or physical problems when needed.