How Does It Work?

The concept of abstinence is the basis of OA’s program of recovery. By admitting inability to control compulsive eating in the past and abandoning the idea that all one needs is “a little willpower,” it becomes possible to abstain from overeating—one day at a time. While a diet can help us lose weight, it often intensifies the compulsion to overeat. The solution offered by OA does not include diet tips. We don’t furnish diets, counseling services, hospitalization or treatment; nor does OA participate in or conduct research and training in the field of eating disorders. For weight loss, any medically approved eating plan is acceptable. OA members interested in learning about nutrition or who seek professional advice are encouraged to consult qualified professionals. We may freely use such help, with the assurance that OA supports each of us in our efforts to recover.

Tools of Recovery

“In working Overeaters Anonymous’ twelve-step program of recovery from compulsive overeating, we have found a number of tools are available to assist us. We use these tools – a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings, the telephone, writing, literature, action plan, anonymity and service – on a regular basis, to help us achieve and maintain abstinence and recover from our disease.” The Tools of Recovery, p.1.

How Is OA Funded?

OA has no dues or fees for membership. According to OA’s seventh tradition, we are self-supporting through literature sales and member contributions. Most groups ‘pass a basket’ at meetings to cover expenses. We do not solicit or accept outside contributions.

We send monthly contributions to our intergroup or service board, the World Service Office, and to Region 9 to help carry the message to other compulsive overeaters. We encourage OA members to give as much as they can to help each group be self-supporting.

Why Is OA Anonymous?

Anonymity guarantees we place principles before personalities and assures us that only we have the right to make our membership known within our community. Social and economic status have no relevance in OA – we are all compulsive eaters. Anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication provides assurance that OA membership will not be disclosed.

Is OA a religious organization?

OA is not a religious society, since it requires no definite religious belief as a condition of membership. OA has among its membership people of many religious faiths as well as atheists and agnostics. The OA recovery program is based on acceptance of certain spiritual values. Members are free to interpret these values as they think best, or not to think about them at all if they so choose. Many individuals who come to OA have reservations about accepting any concept of a power greater than themselves. OA experience has shown that those who keep an open mind on this subject and continue coming to OA meetings will not find it too difficult to work out their own solution to this very personal matter.

Where Can I Find a Meeting in English?

OA Israel offers several meetings in English across the country.

You can look for a meeting in the Hebrew website or use the Find a Meeting page in the OA world site and look for meetings in Israel.