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Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a 12-step fellowship for those with compulsive overeating, binge eating, and other food-related difficulties. Established in 1960, OA has expanded to thousands of meetings worldwide and has assisted several people in recovering from food addiction and enhancing their physical, mental, and emotional health. 

This article will examine Overeaters Anonymous, its history, its philosophy, and its 12-step program in further detail. We will also consider some of the advantages of joining OA, as well as its possible disadvantages and restrictions. 

The background of Overeaters Anonymous 

In 1960, Rozanne S. and two other women who had suffered with food addiction established Overeaters Anonymous in Los Angeles, California. Initially motivated by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the organization followed AA’s 12-step structure. 

In its early years, OA faced several obstacles, since the idea of food addiction was not commonly accepted and few services were accessible to individuals battling it. Yet, the organization persisted and gradually expanded, establishing new gatherings in locations throughout the United States. 

Throughout the 1980s, as the public grew more aware of the problems of obesity and overeating, OA gained in popularity. The group started to get media attention, its membership increased fast, and new meetings were organized in nations throughout the globe. 

OA is acknowledged as one of the biggest and most effective 12-step programs, with over 6,500 meetings in more than 80 countries. 

Philosophy of Weight Watchers 

Overeaters Anonymous’ ideology is founded on the concept that food addiction is a disease that affects the mind, body, and soul. Like with other addictions, it is believed that compulsive overeating is a degenerative disorder that worsens with time and may have physical, emotional, and spiritual implications. 

OA aims to assist people in overcoming their food addiction and achieving physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. The method is based on Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 steps, which have been modified to handle the unique issues of food addiction.