International Day of Experiencing Abstinence -- November 16, 2019 


Overeaters Anonymous defines Abstinence as "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."

OA strongly recommends seeing a medical professional such as a physician or dietitian to help you develop a personal plan of eating based on an honest appraisal of his or her past experience.

Honest Appraisal--
1) What are your known binge/trigger foods?
2) Look at the above list to find common ingredients such as sugar, flour, salt, fat, creamy, crunchy, processed. 
3) What are your known compulsive food behaviors such as volume eating, eating secretly, lying about what you eat, stealing food, calorie counting, under eating to make up for a binge, skipping meals, fasting, eating to self-soothe, obsessive exercising, taking laxatives.
4) How do you define a healthy body weight?  

"The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence." (Big Book, Doctors Opinion, page xxx)

Suggested OA approved literature: Dignity of Choice Pamphlet, Plan of Eating

Thank You,
12th Step Within

12th Step Within Presents:

Happy Birthday!!!  Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous was born January 1960. Please join the Central Virginia Intergroup and the Tidewater Intergroup for a birthday celebration.

WHEN: 2PM-4PM, January 18th, 2020


WHAT: Fun, Fellowship, Games, Small Groups, Laughter, Raffle, 1960's Dress-Up (optional)

WHY: "Great events will come to pass."


Thank you, 12th Step Within


Attention all meeting treasurers:

The World Service Office has a new Post Office box number.

All 7th Tradition contributions should be mailed to:

World Service Office

PO Box 44727

Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4727



Are you the only man in your meeting? Do you have trouble freely sharing in meetings
of mostly women? The World Service Survey done in 2010 revealed that only about 13%
of our fellowship consists of men! If you want to connect with other men in OA,
there are many meetings, by phone and in-person, with a Special Focus for
Men, as well as several other ways you can connect with men in the program.

There is also a new Men's OA Helpline at 347-201-0914.





  Program Basics

Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

  The Twelve Steps

The Twelve Steps are the heart of the OA recovery program. They offer a new way of life that enables the compulsive eater to live without the need for excess food. Their greatest importance lies in the fact that they work! They enable compulsive eaters and millions of otherTwelve-Steppers to lead happy, productive lives. They represent the foundation upon which OA is built.

Making Contact

For questions about OA, you may text or call the CVIG OA infoline: (804) 362-9400

Visit the world service web site at: OA.org

Direct Written Correspondence To: P.O. Box 70611
Henrico, VA 23255-0611