What is Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous?

Statement on Abstinence:

Abstinence is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.


We suggest that newcomers and persons interested in Overeaters Anonymous

  • Attend at least 6 meetings to find out more
  • Talk to other compulsive eaters
  • Obtain a sponsor to help them take the 12 steps and define a personal ‘bottom line’ abstinence.  OA as a whole has no opinion on the best plan of eating.