For Newcomers to OA

There is a solution.  Please contact us on (03) 365 3812 for more information or email us through the contact page. ​We have recovered from our hopeless obsession with food and so can you. A list of meetings in Christchurch and the rest of the South Island  is available.
Am I a Compulsive Overeater? People who answer “yes” to several of the following questions may possibly have, or are well on their way to having, a compulsive eating or overeating problem.
  1. Do I eat when I’m not hungry, or not eat when my body needs nourishment?
  2. Do I go on eating binges for no apparent reason, sometimes eating until I’m stuffed or even feel sick?
  3. Do I have feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat?
  4. Do I eat sensibly in front of others and then make up for it when I am alone?
  5. Is my eating affecting my health or the way I live my life?
  6. When my emotions are intense — whether positive or negative — do I find myself reaching for food?
  7. Do my eating behaviours make me or others unhappy?
  8. Have I ever used laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, excessive exercise, diet pills or other medical interventions (including surgery) to try to control my weight?
  9. Do I fast or severely restrict my food intake to control my weight?
  10. Do I fantasise about how much better life would be if I were a different size or weight?
  11. Do I need to chew or have something in my mouth all the time: food, gum, mints, lollies or drinks?
  12. Have I ever eaten food that is burned, frozen or spoiled; from containers in the grocery store; or out of the rubbish bin?
  13. Are there certain foods I can’t stop eating after having the first bite?
  14. Have I lost weight with a diet or “period of control” only to be followed by bouts of uncontrolled eating and/or weight gain?
  15. Do I spend too much time thinking about food, arguing with myself about whether or what to eat, planning the next diet or exercise cure, or counting calories?
OA Board Approved Copyright 1986…2012 Overeaters Anonymous English Version
We have found that the way to arrest this progressive disease is to practise the Twelve-Step recovery programme of Overeaters Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous, which is patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous, is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating.  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 organisation, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.  Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.