I recently compared my personal eating disorder with that of an alcoholic. Which got me thinking……
I had heard of Overeaters Anonymous but truthfully did not know that it was real or if it was a spoof of AA. I have google so I looked into it and sure enough O.A. is real. Here are the twelve steps posted on the official O.A.
The Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous
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.
My guess is they mirror the steps of AA to a point but I am truthfully not real aware of there program either. Please be aware that I am now talking from my own personal perspective. I buy steps 1,4 and 10. Past that I do not really see the point to the rest.
I am not saying the other steps are horse shit or value-less. I am saying the program is set up in a way that excludes many people. I would never join such a group because of the heavy spiritual influence.
In any event I think it is a great program if it helps people and I would speculate that is surely does. I am glad I learned about this today. -Clint