Suffolk County Intergroup
Long Island, N.Y. 631-260-6615


Abstinence and Food Plans
Delegates to the 2015 World Service Business Conference approved a wording change to the OA Preamble, which appears below with the new language italicized and in bold.
OA literature items will be updated to reflect the change when they are reprinted,
but for now please note the change when reading the Preamble in OA literature. Also, please update the Preamble if it appears on your group’s or service body’s website. You can find the amended Preamble on the OA website on the “About OA” page under Newcomers.
It is also included in the following meeting formats:
Suggested Meeting Format, Suggested
Telephone Meeting Format, Step Study Meeting Format, and Recovery from Relapse Meeting Format. All OA meeting formats are available as free downloads on the “Group Support” page under Members/Groups.
OA Preamble
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. 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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Regarding Food Plans...

OA does not endorse food plans. The new definition does not suggest a specific food plan.  Any food plan that is healthy for an individual is a tool to help remain abstinent from compulsive eating. Food plans vary for every OA member. OA suggests you contact a professional to help determine which plan works best based on individual health needs.

World Service offers a pamphlet "Dignity of Choice" as a guide to a selection of eating plans. These plans are only suggestions and should be discussed with a nutritionist or healthcare professional. The pamphlet can be obtained from the website.