Our Stories

These stories, from members of Overeaters Anonymous in Silicon Valley, tell of compulsive eating at its miserable worst. Many of us have tried everything – diets, weight loss programs, fasting, diet pills, purging – and yes, even surgery. All of these methods seemed to say, “If only you’d eat a special way, the desire to eat compulsively would leave.” And yet, somehow it didn’t. Nothing worked. Loneliness, great physical and mental agony – these were the common lot. Some went on trying to live with their food problem. Others wanted to die.

Compulsive eating respects no one – neither rich nor poor, learned or unlettered. All of us found ourselves headed in the same self-destructive direction, and it seemed we could do nothing whatsoever to stop it.

Now, abstinent from compulsive eating, these members tell us how they got well. They prove to almost anyone’s satisfaction that OA works.

OA recognizes that no two people are the same. If you don’t see your story here, come to some meetings; most likely, it won’t be long until you hear your story told by others.

Come and join us as we recover and find freedom from this disease and a joy for living.

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