For Professionals

For The Healthcare or Mental Health Professional



Do you have patients who have an eating disorder or whose weight is causing health problems?

Overeaters Anonymous may have the solution. Many people have found hope and relief from their eating issues.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a nonprofit organization patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous that offers a three-fold recovery program from the disease of compulsive eating: physical, emotional and spiritual. The OA program is an anonymous fellowship open to anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively; there are no dues or fees. OA is open to compulsive eaters of different types: people with compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia and combinations of these. We come in all different sizes and shapes. Some of us come to OA from other recovery programs, and for others, OA is our first Twelve-Step fellowship.

Members are not required to follow any particular food plan, as there are many factors involved in determining what is nutritionally sound and adequate. We simply offer love and acceptance for everyone.

Nor do we have opinions on any other medical or psychological need. Our members share their experience, strength, and hope along their path of recovery. Members are free to “take what they like and leave the rest.”

OA does not compete with the professional community. In contrast, we claim no medical, nutritional or psychological expertise. We suggest that interested members contact qualified professionals for help in these areas. We hope that this glimpse into OA will help you to refer your patients to us. Many people have reached a healthy weight and maintained it by following this program of recovery.

We are willing to meet with you or your patients to discuss the program and our individual experience along the path of recovery, as long as our anonymity is not compromised. We must always maintain our individual anonymity at the level of press, radio, television, and other forms of public media. If you would like to talk with someone, please contact us through the our Region 5 Board and someone will contact you shortly.

For more information, click on one of these links

Basic Information about OA

To Referring Professionals

PSAs – Public Service Announcements


Do you want more information or give one of your patients some information?

The following OA publications are particularly helpful to newcomers. These and other OA publications are available from the OA World Services Bookstore.

Introducing OA to Health Care Professionals

Explains how OA complements professional care. Includes a questionnaire on eating behaviors.

About OA

What is OA? How do members lose weight? Why is OA “anonymous”? How can I find meetings? Flyer answers these and other questions in an engaging summary.

Is Food a Problem for You?

Intended for use in libraries, doctors’ offices, public information campaigns, outreach events, and anywhere prospective OA members might see it. Includes the OA Twelve Steps, member testimonials, and general information about OA.

Fifteen Questions

Are you a compulsive eater? Answer the questions posed on this flyer to find out. Now updated to reflect the expanded definition of abstinence, it’s a great tool for public information events.

Questions and Answers

This 16-page booklet answers questions and offers definitions about everything newcomers, members, professionals and the general public might want to know about OA.

To the Teen

Covers a broad range of disease manifestations, including anorexia, bulimia and overeating, in recovery stories written by teenage OA members. Questionnaire helps teens decide if they have a problem with food


Lifeline is a monthly subscription magazine (available on-line or by mail) and is wonderful reading material for waiting rooms.

Help a patient Find a Meeting

The best way for a patient to get to know OA is to attend one of our meetings.