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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 Definition of the word binge eating, bulimia and even anorexia. So it offers help for a wide range of people with different kinds of issues.

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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.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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