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We welcome the professional community, and invite you to learn more about Overeaters Anonymous

Dear Healthcare Professional,

Are you a Physician, Psychotherapist or another member of the Professional Community who treats those with compulsive eating disorders including overeating, bulimia, and anorexia? Do you have patients whose unhealthy body weight is causing additional health problems? Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may be a complement to the treatment you offer and bring hope to those who continue to suffer.

Overeaters Anonymous is a proven program of recovery modeled after the 12-Step Program of Recovery developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, and has been providing support and resources for more than 50 years. OA doesn’t concern itself with the medical aspects of obesity, anorexia or bulimia, but rather with the compulsive nature of eating disorders. OA believes that compulsive eating is a threefold disease: physical, emotional and spiritual, and offers members an opportunity to achieve significant changes in their lives that are not possible by traditional treatment plans alone.


The OA program is a global community resource that supports, but doesn’t replace, professional services, such as counseling, medication, treatment programs, and other modalities. OA has no opinions on any other medical or psychological need and does not compete with the professional community. In contrast, we claim no medical, nutritional or psychological expertise and we suggest that interested members contact qualified professionals for help in these areas. The OA fellowship is open to anyone with the desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees. OA doesn’t exclude its members from following a particular food plan.

The OA program is an anonymous fellowship open to anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively; there are no dues or fees. OA does not require nor exclude its members from following a particular food plan. OA offers acceptance, support and time-proven suggestions for anyone seeking to stop behaving compulsively around food. 

Consider Adding OA to Your Treatment Plans

We hope this glimpse into OA leads you to consider referring patients who may be suffering from this illness to this proven program of recovery. We know OA saves lives. Many of our members have reached and maintained a healthy weight resulting in relief from many other serious health issues including diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease and the like . Your advocacy could open a door and provide hope to those who have tried everything else but have failed to maintain healthy food habits. We would welcome a visit with you to discuss the program and our individual experiences along the path of recovery. If you would like to speak with someone about how OA might complement your practice and treatment plans, please email us at or give us a call at 631-636-6154.

-Professional Outreach Committee

The Professional Community Courier Newsletter is written by health professionals, for health professionals. Read how the Overeaters
Anonymous 12-Step Program of Recovery has helped patients and clients.

           -Published by the OA World Service Organization (WSO)

Statistics are based on a 2017 membership survey. Additional details may be found here.

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