The only requirement for membership in OA is the desire to stop eating compulsively.
We hope that this site will help members and newcomers connect with other members in between meetings.
For information about Overeaters Anonymous, go to OA.org.
What is the 90-day OA format?
"The 90-Day Format meetings are a special focus group of Overeater’s Anonymous. At a 90-day format meeting it is suggested that only those with three or more months of continuous “90-day” format abstinence share their experience, strength and hope. OA as a national organization does not endorse any specific food plan, but many of the members in the focus group practice a particular program of abstinence which is known as the 90-day format. In addition, many of us have come to understand ourselves as food addicts.For most people in the 90-day program, abstinence is defined as three weighted and measured meals a day under the supervision of a qualified sponsor. Many of us find that we are addicted especially to refined sugars and starches/carbohydrate, that they set up an uncontrollable craving, and that we therefore must abstain from these foods completely." (Quoted from the Silicon Valley Website)
Our OA 90 day meeting defines abstinence as "the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight". The Tools of Recovery help us practice the Twelve Steps in order to achieve spiritual, emotional and physical recovery. The nine tools are: a plan of eating, sponsorship, meetings,telephone, writing, literature, action plan, anonymity and service. (More about the tools of OA)
In this (and many other) OA 90-day meetings, we suggest that shares be from members who have successfully refrained from compulsive eating for at least 90 consecutive days.