How do you find an Overeaters Anonymous meeting?


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To find an Overeater Anonymous meeting, navigate to the OA website, click on Find a Meeting, and enter search parameters based on location, advises Overeaters Anonymous. Alternatively, attend an online or telephone meeting. As of 2015, there are more than 6,500 meetings held in 80 countries.

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When searching for a meeting, enter the search parameters, including day, open/closed meetings, special topics, meeting language and special focus, notes Overeaters Anonymous. Select a location or enter a five-digit intergroup number if an existing member has provided it. As of January 2015, a search by zip code is unavailable for the OA website, but it is planned.

Those wishing to attend an Overeaters Anonymous meeting do not have to register to do so, according to Overeaters Anonymous. Would-be participants who are unable to find a meeting location nearby can attend a meeting via phone or the Internet. These meetings are held by volunteer members of Overeaters Anonymous and occur in real time. Scheduling a meeting via these alternative methods requires clicking on the Service tab on the OA website.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings generally open with the recitation of the Serenity Prayer and “Our Invitation to You,” which essentially describes the 12-step solution offered by OA and details compulsive overeating as a disease. The only requirement for membership in the group is a desire to stop compulsive eating, notes Overeaters Anonymous.

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