NEW Downloadable: Twelve and Twelve Introduction

The introduction to OA’s keystone book, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition, is now available as a free download on This brief passage explains that OA uses the terms “compulsive overeating” and “compulsive eating” interchangeably to recognize all forms of compulsive food behaviors. Key differences between the OA program and a typical diet are also included, as well as a heartfelt welcome to compulsive eaters everywhere.

Find the Introduction to the Twelve Steps on the “And your journey begins” page for newcomers, the Twelve Steps page, and in the Document Library under “New to OA.”