Topics that users may discuss in an Overeaters Anonymous chat room include the struggle of living with an eating disorder, stories of triumphs over difficult situations, honest admissions about eating regressions and questions seeking help in various situations. The topics may also include areas not related to food or the disorder, including sharing personal stories or discussing television shows and current events.
Online chat rooms for people who suffer from eating disorders frequently contain discussions about the hardships of dealing with the affliction, including people sharing stories about ridicule they experience from friends and family members. In some cases, the members may also offer condolences to each other or provide similar examples of poor treatment to help each other understand that no one is alone in coping with problems. The members may also talk about specific situations that they face, such as attempting to make lifestyle changes to improve health but not receiving appropriate support from others.
Some chat room topics can also focus on people admitting mistakes or poor decisions, such as eating a trigger food or giving in to pressure to revert to old behaviors, in order to seek comfort from the group and build a sense of accountability for their actions. Similarly, members can also share stories of triumphing over the disorder, such as refusing to participate in events that include excessive eating or similar poor behavior. Members can also talk about any other topics, as long as they do not threaten or endanger any other chat room participants.