About OA

About Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a twelve-step programme for men and women who support each other in solving their common problem of compulsive eating including anorexia, bulimia, obesity and overeating. Our programme, which is patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous, is not affiliated with any other organisation, nor are we in competition with any weight-loss programme or group.  Further, we are not experts about obesity, weight-loss or food addiction.  The primary purpose of OA is to carry the message that recovery is possible.  We simply want to share our experience with others who desire our help.  We may be able to help you, your family member, friend, colleague or patient. Founded in 1960, today there are about 6,500 OA group meetings in over 75 countries.  One becomes a member simply by coming along to meetings and having the desire to stop compulsive eating.  Membership is open to all and there are no dues or fees for membership. ​Meetings are held throughout the week in Christchurch.  Regular meetings are also held in Rangiora, Dunedin, Nelson and Blenheim.  We also have contact with compulsive overeaters in other areas of the South Island. ​ If you are a health care professional you may be interested to read an article which appeared in the New Zealand Medical Journal in 2010, titled “Addictive overeating: lessons learned from medical students’ perceptions of Overeaters Anonymous”. ​​Please contact us on (03) 365 3812 for more information or email us through the contact page. A list of meetings in Christchurch and the South Island is also available.