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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

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    12:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Wednesday
    13:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Thursday
    12:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Saturday
    11:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club Building
    568 W Sycamore St, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

    Saturday
    09:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club
    2800 Harris Grade Rd, Lompoc, CA , 93436

    Wednesday
    17:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Unity Church
    3205 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81506

    Monday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    New Life Church
    1350 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81501

    Thursday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Unity Church
    3205 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81506

    Thursday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Evergreen Ministries
    4512 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI, 49426

    Thursday
    10:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Evergreen Ministries
    4512 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI, 49426

    Saturday
    08:00:00
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  • Ossippe Overeaters Anonymous

    CrossRoads Church
    West Ossipee, NH, 3890

    Tuesday
    17:45:00
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  • Black,Mountain Overeaters Anonymous

    St James Episcopal Church
    120 Fortune St, Black Mountain, NC, 28711

    Saturday
    09:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Wimberley Presbyterian Church
    100 Carney Ln, Wimberley, TX, 78676

    Wednesday
    19:00:00
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  • Golden Cresent Ig Office

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Thursday
    17:30:00
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  • Overeaters anonymous

    St Joseph's Hospital
    400 Water Ave, Hillsboro, WI, 54634

    Tuesday
    17:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous Meeting

    Thousand Oaks
    275 E Hillcrest Dr Suite 105, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360

    Wednesday
    18:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous Meeting

    Calabasas, CA
    4389 Willow Glen St, Calabasas, CA, 91302

    Friday
    18:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Crossroads Club
    canyon_lake, TX, 78132

    Wednesday
    20:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Seventh-day Adventist Church
    10399-10351 N Government Way, Hayden, ID, 83835

    Tuesday
    18:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Hayden Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church
    10399-10351 N Government Way, Hayden, ID, 83835

    Tuesday
    18:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Seventh-day Adventist Church
    10399-10351 N Government Way, Hayden, ID, 83835

    Tuesday
    18:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    SHARE Culver City
    6664-6640 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA, 90230

    Monday
    18:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club Building
    568 W Sycamore St, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

    Wednesday
    10:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Monday
    12:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Wednesday
    13:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Thursday
    12:00:00
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  • Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Saturday
    11:00:00
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  • Monday Eve OA Dartmouth Cole Harbour NS Canada 2 Circassion Dr

    Church of StAndrew beside Can Tire off Forest Hill Pkwy
    102 Circassion Dr, Dartmouth, NS

    Monday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club Building
    568 W Sycamore St, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

    Saturday
    09:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club
    2800 Harris Grade Rd, Lompoc, CA, 93436

    Wednesday
    17:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Unity Church
    3205 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81506

    Monday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    New Life Church
    1350 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81501

    Thursday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Unity Church
    3205 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81506

    Thursday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Evergreen Ministries
    4512 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI, 49426

    Thursday
    10:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Evergreen Ministries
    4512 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI, 49426

    Saturday
    08:00:00
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  • Ossippe Overeaters Anonymous

    CrossRoads Church
    West Ossipee, NH, 3890

    Tuesday
    17:45:00
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  • Black,Mountain Overeaters Anonymous

    St James Episcopal Church
    120 Fortune St, Black Mountain, NC, 28711

    Saturday
    09:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Wimberley Presbyterian Church
    100 Carney Ln, Wimberley, TX, 78676

    Wednesday
    19:00:00
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  • Golden Cresent Ig Office

    Golden Crescent Overeaters Anonymous
    Navarro St, Victoria, TX, 77901

    Thursday
    17:30:00
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  • Overeaters anonymous

    St Joseph's Hospital
    400 Water Ave, Hillsboro, WI, 54634

    Tuesday
    17:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous Meeting

    Thousand Oaks
    275 E Hillcrest Dr Suite 105, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360

    Wednesday
    18:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous Meeting

    Calabasas, CA
    4389 Willow Glen St, Calabasas, CA, 91302

    Friday
    18:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Crossroads Club
    canyon_lake, TX, 78132

    Wednesday
    20:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Seventh-day Adventist Church
    10399-10351 N Government Way, Hayden, ID, 83835

    Tuesday
    18:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Hayden Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church
    10399-10351 N Government Way, Hayden, ID, 83835

    Tuesday
    18:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Seventh-day Adventist Church
    10399-10351 N Government Way, Hayden, ID, 83835

    Tuesday
    18:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    SHARE Culver City
    6664-6640 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA, 90230

    Monday
    18:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club Building
    568 W Sycamore St, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

    Wednesday
    10:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Alano Club
    568 W Sycamore St, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

    Wednesday
    10:00:00
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  • Overeaters anonymous

    Community center
    1199-1125 9th St, Wenatchee, WA, 98801

    Wednesday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    New Life Church
    1350 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO, 81501

    Saturday
    09:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Christ Lutheran Church
    1306 Wilcox St, Menomonie, WI, 54751

    Thursday
    19:00:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    Fairfield Cordelia Library
    5050 Business Center Dr, Fairfield, CA, 94534

    Thursday
    19:30:00
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  • Overeaters Anonymous

    First Baptist Church of Clinton
    300 Market St, Clinton, TN, 37716

    Monday
    17:30:00
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  • Half Moon Bay Overeaters Anonymous Meeting

    Methodist Church
    777 Miramontes St, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019

    Saturday
    10:00:00
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The term “addiction” has become synonymous in modern culture with the use of psychoactive substances. However, virtually any pleasurable experience can become addictive as long as the individual cannot stop the behavior and the habit has negative consequences on their life.

The same works with eating disorders. Compulsive eating, multiple attempts to lose weight can eventually cause harmful eating patterns and problems with emotional and mental health. Food addiction has not yet been accepted as a recognized mental disorder under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Irrespective of this, various groups exist to support those struggling with various forms of compulsive and unhealthful feeding behaviors such as binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. One popular food addiction support group is known as Overeaters Anonymous.

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What Is Overeaters Anonymous?

There has been significant controversy among healthcare professionals and mental health experts surrounding the use of terms such as food addiction. Some argue whether the issue should be regarded as a substance use disorder or a behavioral disorder, and other professionals suggest that the condition is not a “true” mental health disorder. Despite this, there is strong evidence supporting the addictive potential of certain foods, especially processed foods and sweeteners.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a mutual-aid organization founded in 1960 by Rozanne S. The primary goal is to provide support and service for individuals struggling with various forms of eating disorders such as compulsive overeating, binge eating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. According to the organization, anyone with a problematic relationship with food and a desire to stop eating compulsively is welcome to the group. It is open to all age groups, and there are no fees or dues required.

Woman choosing between sweets and fruits.

The organization has an estimated 60,000 members located in over 75 countries, with about 6,500 distinct groups. An OA meeting is based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of the original mutual-aid group, Alcoholics Anonymous. They use various tools and techniques to encourage members to achieve greater dietary control, deal with food cravings and body weight concerns, and achieve a more wholesome way of living physically, mentally, and socially.

How Do OA Members Reach Their Goals?

Due to the wide range of ways eating disorders may present, every member of OA has an individual goal. For instance, an anorexic might be interested in gaining weight to a healthy point, while an overweight compulsive eater may be more interested in gaining control over their unhealthy cravings.

How Does OA Work?

OA is based on the 12 Twelve Step Program originally popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous, which focuses on physical, emotional, and social elements. No matter your ultimate goal, the meeting organization has a standard framework made up of nine key tools that can be applied successfully to a variety of situations. The tools used include:

  • Sponsorship: A sponsorship program with a more experienced member who may provide insight and guidance throughout the program are +based on three key facets: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Plan of Eating: The Overeaters Anonymous food plan helps you identify harmful eating patterns and build healthy food habits.
  • Meetings: Regular meetings, which may be in-person or virtual meetings, allow members to identify challenges, discover solutions, gain support, and share success stories.
  • Writing: A journaling program that functions as a form of psychotherapy encourages members to detail their journey, challenges, and triumphs in written form.
  • Literature: An extensive library of written, audio, and video OA resources are freely available to all members.
  • Telephone calls: Regular check-ins and telephone calls from sponsors and other members to share successes and support.
  • Action plan: A definite action plan outlining your strengths, weaknesses, goals, which emphasizes a one-day-at-a-time approach and a consistent approach to the program.
  • Anonymity: The OA assures its members of complete anonymity and ensures that whatever is shared during meetings is held in confidence.
  • Service: One of the critical parts of the program is service to the group. It may involve helping set up meetings and events, talking to and guiding new members, and serving as representatives or committee chairs for any group’s events.

Though the evidence of the advantage of these methods over other forms of cognitive-based therapy has not been consistently demonstrated, combining medical assistance with a food addiction support group such as OA may be the key to providing long-term support to individuals with eating disorders.

Healthy menu planning.

Overeaters Anonymous Food Plan

The Overeaters Anonymous Food Plan is also known as the Plan for Eating and is one of the program’s key tools to help its members achieve their goals. The aim is to help individuals identify harmful and counterproductive eating patterns such as compulsive eating and binge eating and guide them towards making healthier food decisions.

The main benefit of this approach is that instead of encouraging members to focus on calories and weight loss, it instead promotes healthy feeding and avoidance of harmful behaviors. In addition, it has been shown that a dietary plan that is more process-oriented than goal-oriented may be associated with higher chances of overall success.

OA Meetings Near Me

Regular meetings are another key tenet of the program. These meetings may be in-person or virtual meetings. They allow members to identify specific challenges, discover solutions from other members, receive support along the journey, and share their success stories. In addition, it encourages a sense of community and solidarity among members.

While the size of an OA group might vary, the average group size is usually nine members. Each meeting typically begins with a Serenity Prayer, followed by the reading of Our Invitation to You, an OA text that describes the problem of compulsive overeating and the 12-step solution the group advocates. Following this, there is usually a group sharing session, sponsorship requests, and other activities. The program may vary from group to group, but most meetings typically last between 60-90 minutes and may meet only once or multiple times a week.

Overeaters Anonymous Big Book

The literature used by the OA is based on the guidelines set by the book Alcoholics Anonymous, which serves as the Overeaters Anonymous Big Book. It was the original 12 Steps Program and laid the groundwork for many of the tenets upheld by Overeaters Anonymous today. It is the framework of various OA reading material, including books and pamphlets like Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and For Today; and Lifeline, their monthly news magazine on recovery.

OA Big Book study group meeting.

The Downside Of the Program

While there are numerous benefits to the OA system, the organization is not without its criticisms as well. One of the key criticisms of the program is the encouragement of members to avoid potentially “triggering” foods without clearly defining what this may be. While admittedly, which particular food is considered triggering may differ among individuals, by not having a clearly outlined definition, the practice of abstinence may quickly devolve into a restrictive diet which may come with other potential disadvantages. Therefore, encouraging healthy process-oriented dietary patterns should be advocated over restrictive practices.

Another criticism is labeling members as “addicts” even after years of attending the program and even getting control over their harmful feeding habits. It may contribute to long-term harmful effects on their psyche and permanently categorize themselves as “broken” instead of promoting healing as the program was initially intended to.

Other Eating Disorder Support Groups Near Me

While OA is undoubtedly one of the most popular eating disorder support groups, it is not the only one. Several other organizations provide help and support to individuals with various eating disorders and unhealthy relationships with food.

They include:

  • Center for Discovery
  • EDCare
  • 18percent
  • F.E.A.S.T. Around the Dinner Table Forum
  • Morningside Chats in the Living Room
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
  • Alsana
  • The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
  • Recovery Record
  • The Eating Disorder Foundation

Just search online for more information concerning eating disorder support groups near me to get in contact with any of the programs listed above.

Finding Eating Disorder Support Groups Near Me

Eating disorders can be just as dangerous and debilitating as substance use disorders. They can significantly impact our health physically, mentally, and even socially. Unfortunately, most people fail to get the help they need due to the shame and stigma surrounding the condition and the fact that food addiction is not recognized medically as a mental health disorder.

Despite this, numerous food addiction support groups worldwide are willing to reach out a helping hand to everyone who is struggling with eating disorders. All you need is the desire to change and the commitment to take the journey to destroy your unhealthy relationship with food. If you or anyone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, search for more information on the nearest eating disorder support groups near me for more information. Learn how to get them registered with a program and take the first step toward a healthier, happier, and more wholesome life.

 


Page Sources

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Olivier George, Ph.D.

Olivier George is a medical writer and head manager of the rehab center in California. He spends a lot of time in collecting and analyzing the traditional approaches for substance abuse treatment and assessing their efficiency.

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8 years of nursing experience in wide variety of behavioral and addition settings that include adult inpatient and outpatient mental health services with substance use disorders, and geriatric long-term care and hospice care.  He has a particular interest in psychopharmacology, nutritional psychiatry, and alternative treatment options involving particular vitamins, dietary supplements, and administering auricular acupuncture.