What is OA?

Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

Unlike other organizations, OA is not just about weight loss, gain or maintenance; or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. If you want to stop your compulsive eating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous.

We offer unconditional acceptance and support through OA meetings. We in OA believe we have a threefold illness—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Tens of thousands have found that OA’s Twelve Step program affects recovery on all three levels.

The Twelve Steps embody a set of principles which, when followed, promote inner change. Sponsors help us understand and apply these principles. As old attitudes are discarded, we often find there is no longer a need for excess food.

Those of us who choose to recover one day at a time, practice the Twelve Steps. In doing so, we achieve a new way of life and a lasting freedom from our food obsession.

For more, please read Our Invitation to You, which summarizes what OA offers and how it can help you find recovery.

Structure of OA

structure of OA
Structure of OA

Members form OA groups.
Those groups form an Intergroup(or outside USA & Canada they are called NSB’s), which form 11 Regions all over the world.
Then as members we have opportunity to go to Region Assemblies, and WSBC (World Service Business Conferences), and some members form the BT (Board of Trustees).
WSO (World Service Office) is run by non-oa members.

As a Service body, we meet to practice the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, guided by the Twelve Concepts of OA Service.

Excerpts taken from oa.org with permission. ©Overeaters Anonymous®, Inc. All rights reserved.