How to Lose Weight In Support Groups

Overeaters Anonymous

Compulsive overeating is viewed by OA as an addiction.

Overeaters Anonymous is a support group for people with a history of uncontrollable food intake.

Overeaters Anonymous: The Premise

Overeaters Anonymous describes itself as a "fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating." It is an international, nonprofit organization that operates through a network of volunteers. Its main function is to offer a support system for people trying to overcome compulsive overeating and to spread the message of hope and recovery to those who are suffering in silence. The organization has no diet plan or diet book, and as a result, there is no calorie counting or recipe exchanging, no sharing of dieting tips, and no membership dues or fees.

There currently are about 7,000 groups meeting in more than 52 countries around the world. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is completely self-supported through contributions and the sale of publications, one of which is an international monthly magazine called Lifeline, which includes true stories by OA members.

The Rationale

Compulsive overeating is viewed by OA as an addiction, just like drinking or gambling, and it is treated as such. In fact, the OA program is modeled after the 12-step program for Alcoholics Anonymous, which addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

Gains and Losses/What's the Damage? Because there is no diet plan, there's no way to assess if attending OA meetings will result in weight loss. However, for people who have serious issues with food and a history of compulsive overeating, the group meetings may offer additional support during recovery.We've covered the best-known support groups for weight-loss. You have the facts to decide if one is right for you.

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