THE OFFICIAL OA PREAMBLE
No matter what your problem with food — compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or overexercising — we have a solution.
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.
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LOCAL OA MADTOWN MEETINGS
Want recovery from your maladaptive eating behaviors? Come to a meeting to find out how we did it.
If you are new to OA, we suggest going to six different meetings to learn if OA is for you.
All meetings are free to attend.
No registration is required.
If you are a member of the public who doesn't identify as having an eating disorder, please attend an "Open" meeting.
"Those of us who live this program don't simply carry the message, we are the message.
P. 87 of
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "CLOSED" AND "OPEN" MEETING?
A closed meeting is for people who have a desire to stop eating compulsively. An open meeting may be attended by anyone in the public, whether, they identify as a compulsive eater or not. If you're apprehensive about going to a meeting by yourself and want to bring a friend, your friend would be welcome to an open meeting.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS MEETING?
OA meetings are self-supporting through our own contributions. All donations are totally voluntary. No one gets turned away for inability to pay.
WHAT ARE MEETINGS LIKE?
Every meeting is different. Some study OA approved literature; others are meditation meetings, and others discuss topics. All meetings have one thing in common: they devote themselves to the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous (Click here for information). We suggest trying six meetings before deciding whether or not OA is for you.
ARE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM ANOREXIA AND/OR BULIMIA WELCOME IN OA?
Yes! Many members who have suffered from those diseases have found recovery in OA.
DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN GOD TO HAVE OA WORK FOR ME?
No, many atheists and agnostics have found recovery in OA.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD PLAN DO YOU HAVE?
We don't have a one size fits all food plan. It's up to you. We are all from different walks of life. A food plan that works for one person could be deadly for another. Some members get food plans from medical professionals. Some members talk to abstinent OAers about their food plans, but then listen to their own bodies and discover what works for them. The only guideline that OA gives is: "Abstinence 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."
Can OA help me lose weight?
For the members who are overweight, many members have lost significant amounts of weight using the OA program. Some members have lost over 100lbs. Others have learned how to accept their bodies. Some needed to gain weight and have found success reaching normal body weights. Many members look at normal body weights as a wonderful side effect of OA recovery.
DO I HAVE TO REGISTER TO GO TO A MEETING?
You never have to register to go to a meeting.
This website is managed by the OA Madison Area Intergroup. We serve the Overeaters Anonymous current and prospective members of the City of Madison, Wisconsin and surrounding area.