May 11 – OA Literature: A Common Solution: Diversity and Recovery


The common solution offered in the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous is the theme of this workshop. A member shares her story and intertwines how OA’s focus on diversity in recovery made it possible for her to recover. The pamphlet A Common Solution: Diversity and Recovery, which mentions four aspects of diversity (program, cultural, gender and life), focuses on how members found help and support in Overeaters Anonymous despite their differences. “Focus on what unites us; not our differences” captures the message of this workshop!

April 13 – Our Primary Purpose: Abstinence


Using the Abstinence PowerPoint Presentation as a framework, this Region Chair explains how she came to discover her plan of eating and behaviors that undermined her recovery. She discusses the statement…”We are either abstinent or we are not!” and explores the idea that a plan of eating is more than what you eat. Body image, Higher Power, sponsorship, service, meetings and action plan are examined. Lastly, she talks about the reason abstinence is so important to her. If you wish to view the Abstinence PowerPoint, go to http://www.oa.org/membersgroups/group-support/#Powerpoint

April 6—OA Literature: Person to Person


“Person to Person – Carrying the Message” is the topic for this OA literature workshop. A member maintaining a 200+ pound weight loss shares her journey in recovery and how the OA literature, Steps, Traditions, Tools and a sponsor guide her recovery. She discusses sponsoring, the difference between a suggestion and advice, and how her sponsor’s suggestion to pray and has helped her with the dilemmas of life. To unselfishly share our experience, strength, and hope is the message of the pamphlet “Person to Person: Carrying the Message, Our Special Gift.” (This pamphlet is no longer available for purchase, but may be downloaded at no cost here)

March 16—OA Literature: A Commitment to Abstinence & Maintaining a Healthy Weight


In this workshop, the speaker tells her story and talks about her personal commitment to abstinence one day at a time and the actions she takes to ward off the deadly disease of compulsive eating. The pamphlets A Commitment to Abstinence and Maintaining a Healthy Weight are explored as she shares on the importance of enjoying the gifts of recovery and how continuing to work the 12-Step program of recovery has given her an alternative to using food to cope with life.

March 9 — Our Primary Purpose: Tools of Recovery


This workshop is focused on how using OA’s Tools of Recovery helps us achieve and maintain abstinence. Two members share about their eating history and how using the nine Tools of Overeaters Anonymous—Plan of Eating, Sponsorship, Meetings, Telephone, Writing, Literature, Action Plan, Anonymity and Service—has enriched and supported their recovery. They explore questions like: What does it mean to use the tools with intent? Do I demonstrate my priorities in the way I use the tools? and How do I use the tools to work my program of recovery?

February 9 — Our Primary Purpose: A Plan of Eating


Three OA members share their varied journeys to develop their Plans of Eating, and how a plan guided them to eat in a calm, balanced, rational way, separating eating from emotions. A Plan of Eating is one of OA’s nine tools. These members describe how the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous coupled with the Plan of Eating and other tools helped them get and stay abstinent.

February 2 — OA Literature: A Guide for Sponsors


Using the pamphlet A Guide for Sponsors as a framework, a member describes how sponsoring and being sponsored has enriched her program and been vital to her own long-term recovery and the long-term viability of OA. She addresses how to be a sponsor, why sponsor, when should a sponsor-sponsee relationship change and other thought-provoking topics.

January 12 – Our Primary Purpose: OA3 Appendices


Appendices of the book Overeaters Anonymous, Second and Third Editions (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 A 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.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 5: Keeping Your Eating Sane During the Holiday Season


The holiday season brings excitement, nostalgic traditions and lots of social and family activities that tend to revolve around food. For those who battle compulsive eating, the added stress of the holidays and additional focus on food can trigger overeating. This often leads to shame, guilt, depression and unwanted pounds. For individuals struggling with compulsive eating, especially during the holidays, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) can provide much-needed support and a path to recovery. Join us today as we talk to members of OA who have maintained significant long-term weight loss and have learned how to manage the holidays in a way that doesn’t trigger compulsive eating and compulsive behaviors around food.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 4: OA’s Nine Tools of Recovery


Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a program based on the Twelve Steps adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, with the words “food” and “compulsive overeaters” replacing “alcohol” and “alcoholics.” In OA we talk about abstinence from eating compulsively, which is like being sober from drinking alcohol or doing drugs. To help members stay abstinent and keep working the steps, OA suggests a number of tools: a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, telephone, writing, literature, action plan, anonymity and service. In this episode, three guests who have recovered from compulsive eating in OA will talk about how these tools have been key to their recovery and long-term abstinence from compulsive eating.

Sound Bites From OA Ep. 3: A Plan of Eating


How is it different than a diet? In Overeaters Anonymous (OA), one of our key tools of recovery is a plan of eating. It helps us abstain from compulsive eating, guides us in our dietary decisions, and defines what, when, how, where and why we eat. OA does not dictate specific requirements for a plan of eating. We develop a personal plan of eating based on an honest appraisal of our past experience. A plan of eating helps us deal with the physical aspects of our disease and achieve physical recovery. From this vantage point, we can more effectively follow OA’s Twelve-Step program of recovery and move beyond the food to a happier, healthier and more spiritual life. Today we will be talking with OA members about their plan of eating and how it is different than the diets they tried in the past. We will also talk to Registered Dietitian Theresa Wright, who runs an nutrition center in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, about how she sees OA’s program as effective in its approach to a plan of eating.