San Diego County Intergroup Incorporated
Is Overeaters Anonymous for Young people?
If you have a problem with food, give yourself the following quick quiz. Be honest - you are doing this for YOU!
- Do you eat as a response to all kinds of feelings, highs, lows and in-betweens?
- Does your overeating make you miserable?
- Do your eating habits interfere with your social life; or does your social life revolve around food
- Do you eat normally in front of others and binge when you are alone?
- Do you drift off in class because your are thinking about food or losing weight?
- Do you hate gym and other activities because of your weight?
- Do you spend more than you would like to on junk food?
- Do you sometimes steal food or money to buy it?
- Do you pass up dances and other events becaue you can't fit into nice clothes?
- Do you resent people's comments and
helpful suggestions about your weight or the amount of food you eat?
If your answer to most of these questions is "yes," you are not alone. Many people, including a lot of teenages, suffer from the disease of compulisve overeating, a disease from which we can recover.
Overeaters Anonymous can help make your teen years some of the best years of your life. How? By sharing the experience, strength and hope of those who came before you and who were helped to over-come the problems we have in common, compulsive overeating.
No matter how hard we tried on our own, we could not control our eating. In OA we found the help we needed to stop overeating and start feeling better about ourselves.
We learned to live just one day at a time. We lost weight and kept it off. Best of all, we found peace of mind and a place where we belong. OA is not a diet club. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. We do not weight you. We charge no dues or fees. We do not sign you in. We do not tell you what you should eat. We talk about what is eating us instead of what we are eating.
Our twelve steps of recovery have helped thousands of teenages of all ages to find new healthy ways of dealing with their feelings so they no longer need to escape into food. The steps can help you break out of the prison of compulsive overeating.
For help or to contact the Young People's Coordinator, click here.
Helpful Publications (free)
- Letter to Teens Looking for OA
- Is Food A Problem For You? Intended for use in libraries, doctors' offices, public information campaigns, outreach events, and anywhere prospective OA members might see it. Includes the Fifteen Questions, the OA Twelve Steps, member testimonials, and general information about OA. Provides a space for writing in your group or intergroup's contact information.
- Many Symptoms, One Solution. Our symptoms vary, but we share a common bond. This flyer shows new and potential OA members that even though compulsive eaters differ, all can find recovery in our program.
- Billy's Story Billy was tired of being teased. His mom said he ate too much. His friends said he was fat. (younger than teen)
- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions: A Kid's View (younger than teen)
Helpful Publications (for purchase, either at OAsis or WSO Bookstore)
- To The Teen: Recovery stories by teenage OA members. Includes questionnaire to help teens decide if they are compulsive overeaters.
- Dignity of Choice: This pamphlet provides guidance to both new and longtime OA members in devising their own plans of eating. The pamphlet also provides six sample plans of eating (reviewed and approved by a licensed dietitian) with which some OA members have had success.
- OA Members Come In All Sizes: Welcome, Whatever Your Problem With Food: OA members who came to the program not necessarily overweight; including anorexics and bulimics, share their unique challenges and stories of recovery.