Message for Newcomers
Overeaters Anonymous is here to help all who suffer from problems with food — overeaters, bulimics, anorexics, binge-eaters, and restrictors — find recovery. We welcome everyone at our meetings no matter your size or problem.
Due to the current shelter in place order we are temporarily unable to meet in physical locations. However, there are many meetings taking place through Zoom, a video conferencing service. You can also dial into these meetings by phone. Our meetings page has complete instructions on how to connect to these meetings. We look forward to connecting with you.
If you have questions regarding online meetings or simply want to talk about Overeaters Anonymous please call the OA answering service at 510-923-9491 or 925-274-9491.
You may also contact:
Bill at 510-540-0474
Martha at 510-710-5318
Judy at 510-332-5618
David at 201-390-6079
Louis at 510-846-4607
What’s Going on in OA
OA Men’s Retreat
The Santa Cruz OA Men’s Retreat has moved online and will take place October 30 – November 1. A detailed schedule can be found here. For more information or for service opportunities, (secretary, speaker, topic suggestions) please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The zoom room info is:
Meeting ID: 821 0593 3707
The East Bay OA Podcast is Now Live!
You can access it through Soundcloud , or through several podcast apps, including:
You can also find it through searching “Overeaters Anonymous East Bay” in your podcast apps.
If you are part of an East Bay Unity Intergroup OA meeting and would like to contribute speaker shares from your group, please bring it up at your next business meeting. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Open Intergroup Positions
Visit the About Unity Intergroup page to find open Intergroup service positions. Holding an Intergroup position is a great way to support your recovery, expand fellowship, and provide support and service to our community.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition
Created specifically as a study of the OA Twelve Step recovery program, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous has been revised for clarity and inclusivity—with a restructured Step Four chapter to increase usefulness. Visit the OA bookstore to order the new Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition (#990-2).
Childcare is available at the Saturday 9am Back to Basics Step Study meeting in Oakland (St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior at Woodruff). Please call Linda W., 510-697-7342 for more information.
WHAT IS OA?
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating.
In OA, you’ll find members who are extremely overweight, even morbidly obese; moderately overweight; average weight; underweight;still maintaining periodic control over their eating behavior; or totally unable to control their compulsive eating.
OA members experience many different patterns of food behaviors. These “symptoms” are as varied as our membership. Among them are:
- Obsession with body weight, size and shape
- Eating binges or grazing
- Preoccupation with reducing diets
- Laxative or diuretic abuse
- Excessive exercise
- Inducing vomiting after eating
- Chewing and spitting out food
- Use of diet pills, shots and other medical interventions to control weight
- Inability to stop eating certain foods after taking the first bite
- Fantasies about food
- Vulnerability to quick-weight-loss schemes
- Constant preoccupation with food
- Using food as a reward or comfort
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 overeating and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.
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 overeating and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.
Is OA for You?
Only you can decide that question. No one else can make this decision for you. We who are now in OA have found a way of life which enables us to live without the need for excess food. We believe that compulsive overeating is a progressive illness, one that, like alcoholism and some other illnesses, can be arrested. Remember, there is no shame in admitting you have a problem; the most important thing is to do something about it.
(reprinted with permission from the World Service Organization of Overeaters Anonymous)
There are more than 40 weekly meetings of Overeaters Anonymous currently being held in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. If you are new to OA and would like to join us, we invite you to visit any of the meetings listed on the meeting calendar. All are welcome!