January 12 – Our Primary Purpose: OA2 Appendices


Appendices of the Overeaters Anonymous book, 2nd edition (Disease of the Mind, Body and Spirit). Members share how these vital appendices explain how our disease needs to be treated on all three levels and share how they built on this knowledge and recovered using the Twelve Steps of OA.

January 5 – OA Literature: Plan of Eating/Dignity of Choice


The pamphlets Plan of Eating and Dignity of Choice are discussed to help clarify the meaning and importance of abstinence and of having a plan of eating to help implement abstinence. A member shares personal testimony on how she recovered using a plan of eating and the Twelve-Step Program of OA.


Sound Bites from Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-Step Solution to Compulsive Eating

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 13: New Year’s Resolutions


Another new year, another new year’s resolution. This year will be the year I lose the weight. This will be the year I start exercising regularly. This will be the year I give up sweets. This will be the year I stop lying to myself, my friends and my family about what and how much I actually eat. Have you ever heard yourself make these promises, maybe even wrote them down and posted them on the refrigerator, only to be back in your old patterns within days or weeks? Join us as we talk to OA members who have been there and found another way in OA.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 12: “In All Our Affairs”


The Twelfth Step in OA’s recovery program says “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Recovering in OA is about more than getting to a healthy weight, though that is definitely one of the outcomes you can expect when you work the OA program. Physical, emotional and spiritual recovery will impact your life in ways you never imagined: from healed relationships, to a sense of joy and purpose; from letting go of past traumas and resentments, to a freedom and sense of serenity and ease in your everyday life. Join us as we talk with OA members about how their recovery in OA has given them lives beyond their wildest dreams.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 11: “Hi, my name is…”


What can I expect at an OA meeting? A critical tool of the OA program, meetings are where you find others who have suffered with food and weight obsession as you have, and have found a path to recovery for the long term. There you will experience acceptance, compassion, hope, and lifelong support as you work your way through the Twelve Steps of OA, so you never have to feel alone and isolated in your disease again. In this show we will talk about what happens at an OA meeting and how the fellowship there is crucial to maintaining your recovery and abstinence from compulsive eating.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 10: Spiritual Recovery


The third level of recovery from the disease of compulsive eating is that of spiritual recovery. The Twelve Steps of OA have spiritual principles embodied within them, so recovery will take you beyond your obsession with food into a lifelong journey of spiritual growth, which makes long-term weight loss and maintenance possible. Join us to discuss what spiritual recovery means to OA members maintaining a healthy weight and how their lives have been transformed.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 9: Emotional Recovery


Another level of recovery from compulsive eating is emotional. In this episode, hear from OA members who have made great strides emotionally in their recovery process, from greater self-esteem to improved relationships and an overall sense of happiness and satisfaction with life.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 8: Physical Recovery


In OA, members experience recovery from compulsive eating on three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. In today’s show, we explore what physical recovery has meant to OA members in terms of their weight and health, and how the OA program has helped them achieve improved health and vitality.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 7: The Steps of the OA Program


The Overeaters Anonymous program of recovery from compulsive eating is based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, with the words “alcohol” and “alcoholic” replaced by the words “food” and “compulsive overeater.” In this show we talk with OA members who have reached and are maintaining a healthy weight. Our focus will be on the 12 Steps: what they mean, how they work, and, most importantly, how these OA members have used the steps to find recovery from eating compulsively.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 6: 100+ Pounds to Lose


Is There Hope For Me in OA? It is not unusual to find people in Overeaters Anonymous (OA) who are now at a healthy weight, and have been for many years, but were once 100 pounds or more overweight. They often suffered debilitating physical illnesses from their weight, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lack of mobility due to painful back and joints. And they may have suffered loneliness, rejection, fear, and isolation due to their size as well. In this episode, OA members who have lost well over 100 pounds—and kept if off —share how they did it, what their lives are like now, and show that there is hope for you, even if you have 100 pounds or more to lose.