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 to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

Resentment is like drinking poison and

expecting someone else to die.

Overeater Anonymous

The very first Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meeting was held in Hollywood, California, on January 19, 1960. Today, OA groups are meeting in-person, online, and via telephone in 78 countries. We are known for our high success rate, having no dues or fees, with our only qualifier being a desire to stop eating compulsively.

OA does not have a food plan. The program consists of committing to meetings, obtaining a sponsor, and working the same 12 Steps found in Alcoholics Anonymous. We invite you to join us to find the freedom that many of our members have discovered over the years.

12 Steps

  • 1.

    We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had become unmanageable.

  • 2.

    Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  • 3.

    Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

  • 4.

    Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

  • 5.

    Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  • 6.

    Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

  • 7.

    Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

  • 8.

    Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

  • 9.

    Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  • 10.

    Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

  • 11.

    Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

  • 12.

    Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Folks are usually about as happy

as they make their minds up to be.

-- Abraham Lincoln

Overeater Anonymous


If you are attending meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area, you will notice the option to attend Overeaters Anonymous (H.O.W.) meetings. H.O.W. stands for Honesty, Open-Mindedness, and Willingness. The main difference between OA and OA-HOW is a food plan. Rather than deciding with your sponsor which foods are your trigger foods, the OA-HOW program has a predetermined food list. 

Throughout the OA Mid-Peninsula, the OA Regular meetings and OA-HOW meetings are interchangeable. Meaning, you will find both groups represented at all meetings.

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