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jenny515
03-05-2009, 04:09 PM
I went to the OA website because I think I am definitely a compulsive overeater and I found this information. I thought I would share it. It has just confirmed that I am and now I need to go to a OA meeting. I do lots more than just 3 of these things.

Is OA For You?
Are You a Compulsive Overeater?

Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. This series of questions may help you determine if you are a compulsive eater.

1. Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
2. Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
3. Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
4. Do you give too much time and thought to food?
5. Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
6. Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
7. Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone?
8. Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
9. Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?
10. Do you resent others telling you to “use a little willpower” to stop overeating?
11. Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet “on your own” whenever you wish?
12. Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime?
13. Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
14. Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food-related condition?
15. Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?

Have you answered yes to three or more of these questions? If so, it is probable that you have or are well on your way to having a compulsive eating problem. We have found that the way to arrest this progressive disease is to practice the Twelve-Step recovery program of Overeaters Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. 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 organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive overeating and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.
Is OA for You?

Only you can decide that question. No one else can make this decision for you. We who are now in OA have found a way of life which enables us to live without the need for excess food. We believe that compulsive eating is a progressive illness, one that, like alcoholism and some other illnesses, can be arrested. Remember, there is no shame in admitting you have a problem; the most important thing is to do something about it.


teawithsunshine
03-06-2009, 01:07 AM
Hi Jenny515--

I'm a recovering overeater myself. I tried a lot of tacks over the years (OA included), and nothing really worked for me.

Then one day last fall, I slowly began to realize that my 2 major food problems were starchy foods (i.e. bread products, etc) & sugar.

Once I eliminated them from my diet in favor of organic, fresh foods (poultry, fish, olives, nuts, veggies, etc) by following a diet book dealing in this exact problem of craving starchy/sugar products-- did the physical cravings disappear for me.

I still have them on occasion (mentally), but it is so much more easier once I accepted that my food of drug (bread & sugar products/junk food) caused me to behave like an alcoholic does with alcohol-- and eliminated them from my diet. I also follow the mantra "one day at a time," although I don't attend any OA meetings or anything.

Jenny515-- good luck on your journey to wellness! I hope OA works for you!! :)

rockinrobin
03-06-2009, 06:14 AM
Yes, I too am/was/am a compulsive overeater. And I do believe (know) that it can definitely be managed.

As far as I know, and from what people tell me, OA says that "you have no power over your food, you are not control of it". Or something to that affect. And right there they lost me. I DO believe we've got power over it and I do believe we've need to seek out the control, the control that is there - just hiding.

But it might "work" for you. We even have a sub-forum here on it. You may want to take a look and get a better idea of it from folks who are actually involved in it, as opposed to me, who just "heard about it'.
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=61


Then one day last fall, I slowly began to realize that my 2 major food problems were starchy foods (i.e. bread products, etc) & sugar.

Once I eliminated them from my diet in favor of organic, fresh foods (poultry, fish, olives, nuts, veggies, etc) by following a diet book dealing in this exact problem of craving starchy/sugar products-- did the physical cravings disappear for me.


And the above was very much my experience as well, although I didn't necessarily go the organic route or follow a specific book.

Even if it turns out OA is not for you, there IS something that is. So you keep on searching, and seeking (within yourself mostly) until you hit upon it. All the best. :)


jenny515
03-06-2009, 08:23 AM
Thank you both. I know I'm definitely addicted to some carbs specifically breads and sugar as in chocolate, even high sugar fruits such as pineapple. People say but a small amount of dark chocolate is good for you. That is my problem I cannot do a small amount of any of my trigger foods.

jenny515
03-06-2009, 08:26 AM
TEAWITHSUNSHINE:
you mentioned a book. What book?