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How Can OA Help Your Patients?

Overeating is a widespread issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It is often linked to emotional and psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Overeating can also lead to obesity, a significant risk factor for several chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

For individuals struggling with overeating, seeking help and support can be challenging. This is where medical professionals can play a vital role in recommending Overeaters Anonymous (OA) as a resource for their patients. Here are some benefits of medical professionals recommending OA:

  1. Support from a Community of Peers. OA is a community of individuals who share similar struggles with overeating. Members attend regular meetings where they can share their experiences, support one another, and learn from each other’s journeys toward recovery. This sense of community can be a powerful motivator for individuals looking to overcome their overeating habits.
  1. Focus on Emotional and Psychological Well-being. OA is based on the 12-step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The program is designed to help individuals develop self-awareness, take responsibility for their actions, and work toward emotional and psychological healing. By addressing the root causes of overeating, such as stress and anxiety, OA can help individuals develop healthier coping mechanisms.
  1. Accountability and Structure. OA provides structure and accountability for individuals looking to overcome their overeating habits. Members are encouraged to set goals, track their progress, and be accountable to themselves and their peers. This can help individuals stay motivated and focused on their recovery journey.
  1. Access to Resources and Tools. OA provides access to various resources and tools to help individuals overcome overeating. These include literature, workshops, and online resources. Members can also work with a sponsor who can provide personalized guidance and support.
  1. Cost-effective Option. OA is a cost-effective option for individuals looking to overcome their overeating habits. Meetings are free to attend, and members are encouraged to contribute voluntarily to support the organization’s activities.

Recommending OA as a resource for patients struggling with eating issues can provide significant benefits. By connecting patients with a supportive community, helping them address emotional and psychological issues, providing structure and accountability, and offering access to resources and tools, OA can be an effective tool in helping individuals overcome their overeating habits and improve their overall health and well-being.

Tools for Professionals

OA World Service Organization (WSO) publishes the Professional Community Courier Newsletter to address your questions and concerns about how OA works.

The World Service website at, provides much additional information and resources about the OA 12 Step Program and all of OA’s Tools of Recovery.