Overeaters Anonymous Turns 50

It was 50 years ago today that Rozanne S. and two other women got together for the first time an started Overeater’s Anonymous.

Based on a traditional 12 step program like AA, OA utilizes the same steps but applies them to eating disorders, including overeating, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  One can go to the OA website and find a meeting almost anywhere, almost anytime and there will be an entire community of people there to assist you with similar type problems.

To put in their own words….

OA Program of Recovery

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.

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 overeating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous.

The point here is, there is always help, when you need it.  You just have to know where to look.  I felt that a program that has been around this long and helped so many people has stood the test of time and should be acknowledged.



My Vision

Below is a video documentary I found on Youtube



4 Responses

  1. Neal,
    Thanks for the great coverage on the OA Birthday.

    By the way, I was behind the camera in Albuquerque, NM, when the documentary film maker was filming Steve. Thanks for finding such a wonderful video to display for the OA 50th Birthday.


  2. I was at the OA 50th Birthday Party in L.A. last weekend and had the honor of escorting Rozanne S. up onto the stage. It’s remarkable to think that someone who started a 12 Step Organization was around 50 years later.

    There were over 750 in attendance and they were all there to celebrate 50 years of miracles. I put the Birthday Party website URL in for anyone interested (www.oa50th.org). There are CDs and MP3s available of some or all of it.

  3. Enjoyable read. I wish I felt inspired enough to write such good posts onto my own blog. I guess I just need to try harder.

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