The 12 Steps Programs: Overeaters Anonymous
There are many different fellowships that have adopted the 12 Steps philosophy that was invented for Alcoholics Anonymous. One of them is Overeaters Anonymous.
Overeaters Anonymous not only addresses overeating, but addresses people with eating disorders of all kinds. They are seeking to help people who struggle with compulsive eating, binge eating, bulimia and even anorexia. So it offers help for a wide range of people with different kinds of issues.
The fellowship was founded in January of 1960 by Rozanne S. and two other women. Overeaters Anonymous looks to help people deal with the issues that lead them to either eat too much or eat too little. The average weight loss of every member of Overeaters Anonymous is about 21 to 22 pounds. However, surprisingly, the fellowship does not focus at all on weight loss or weight gain. However, instead members are encouraged to focus and talk about what they have gained spiritually.
Overeaters Anonymous Headquarters is located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Its membership counts over 54,000 people in 6,500 groups. These groups are spread across 75 countries. Overeaters Anonymous has also written some of its own literature, but often refer to The Big Book and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions book written for Alcoholics Anonymous.