Many professional organizations and institutions work with OA members to inform other professionals and the public about compulsive eating and the resources available in OA to address this problem. OA is not in competition with the professional community. On the contrary, many members consider OA to be a complement to the professional services they receive. In part, OA works because it offers an ongoing support system for members and encourages them to help one another, thereby weakening their isolation and loneliness. OA members provide this support through sharing their experience, strength, and hope with one another. OA claims no medical, nutritional, or psychological expertise. It suggests that interested members contact qualified professionals for help in these areas.
Since coming to OA, 69% of members have lost weight, and 51% of them are currently maintaining a healthy weight.
Those who are maintaining a healthy weight have done so for:
Under 1 year 23% 1-5 Years 33% 6-10 years 18% 11-20 years 15% 21+ years 11%
Average weight loss: 45 pounds (20 kg)
Listen to Hearing is Believing (5 Min.)
A collections of interviews depicting the experience of several OA members and how the program changed their lives.
Learn more about OA with this introductory interview.
Professional Community Courier Newsletter
2010 Membership Survey Report
Our most recent survey reveals how members found OA Occupations, Age, Gender
Is Food A Problem for You?
Use this pamphlet as a tool to introduce OA to your patients
Compulsive Overeating-An Inside View
The various manifestations of compulsive overeating.
Introducing OA to Health Care Professionals
Do you have patients whose weight, body image, food attitudes or behaviors cause health problems? OA is a resource to support them and help you with their care.
Introducing OA to the Clergy
Do some of the people you counsel continue to eat compulsively even after medical advice and a firm desire to stop?