What is OA?

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) 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 organisation, 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 the message of recovery to those who still suffer.

OA welcomes anyone who has a problem with eating, weight, or food behaviours, such as compulsive overeaters, emotional eaters, compulsive exercisers, anorexics and bulimics.

We have face to face OA meetings in Christchurch, Dunedin, and Nelson – and many on Zoom

To find a meeting in the South Island, go to Meetings. Many are also on Zoom. Meetings are open to anyone interested, including whanau, friends and support people, medical students and health professionals.

For many more meetings online, hosted from all over the world, go to oa.org.

For more information on Overeaters Anonymous and how it works, go to About OA.

To find out more about recovery from compulsive overeating, go to OA Program.

We encourage you to attend an Overeaters Anonymous meeting near you to meet others who are working the program, and hear how it could work for you.

Do you have a problem with food?

  • Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
  • Does food drive you crazy?
  • Do you binge, purge or skip meals to lose weight?
  • Do you feel guilty after you have eaten?
  • Do you eat when you are tired, sad, angry or stressed?
  • Is your weight affecting your life?
  • Do you eat to take your pain away?
  • Do you have secret binges or hide food?