I Go To Overeater's Anonymous

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 73 People

    My Personal Story...

    Step One. We admitted we were powerless over food - that our lives had become unmanageable. Hi I'm LT and im an Obsessive Overeater. From a very young age, back into my childhood food seemed to be an escape, a comfort, a praise... many things other than just nutrition for...
    LonelyTrail LonelyTrail
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 18, 2010


    I am new to the group, and before sharing too much info, I'd like to just observe what other people do on the site and read some of their stories.
    jdt5018 jdt5018
    22-25, F
    Nov 15, 2011

    Depression And Overeating

    I am clinically depressed. I just changed medications to treat my depression but they haven't kicked in yet. I, like a lot of you out there, overeat when I get depressed and that leads to more depression. I've gained 50 pounds in the last 12 months and I'm continuing to spiral...
    foodhelp foodhelp
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Mar 26, 2012

    My Experience In A Treatment Center For Overeating

    When I was 22 I entered a treatment center for compulsive overeating and exercise bulimia. I used to work out for 4-5 hours a day and then go to several different fast food restaurants and donut shops. Come home and binge until I fell asleep and then do it all over again the next...
    TheMoorishIdol TheMoorishIdol
    41-45, F
    Mar 31, 2012

    Struggling For 'sobriety', Need A Friend

    Hi. My name is Stef and I'm totally new to OA. I recently quit drinking and other substances, which believe me was a very positive and necessary change in my life. However, since getting sober 6 months ago food has become a major issue. I feel like I'm transferring a lot of the...
    yogajunkie yogajunkie
    Apr 17, 2012

    I Eat At Night

    I have a problem with eating at night time. Sometime after dinner I start to feel really hungry and I long for the comfort of eating something. Sometimes it is more than I can cope with and I eat. If I do make it to bed, I will wake up at night and want to eat. I will feel like...
    placiddan placiddan
    51-55, M
    Jul 29, 2012

    The Journey

    It all began early in high school. I just let myself gravitate towards food for comfort. I never wanted to face my feelings as they were so I masked them. Before I knew it, I was over 200 pounds at 18 years old. Looking back on my life, I am still baffled on how I got here. How I...
    Jan 15, 2013

    Losing The Battle

    I have been struggling with binge eating for at least 30 years. I am a recovering alcoholic that thought I could "go it alone". I quit drinking in 1987 then attended AA meetings starting in 1989 until 1991. I ate excessive amounts of food even as a pre- teen but when I quit...
    caregiver1 caregiver1
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Mar 11, 2013

    No Meetings In My Area

    I have a little bit of a problem. I am diabetic and my meds have almost stopped working. My blood sugar is constantly around 500. I think the meds would work if I quit binge eating every night. I only eat one meal a day, at night. The reason for this is that if I eat earlier in...
    bitterdregs bitterdregs
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 5, 2012

    From South Africa To Paris

    my husband who i was married to for 30 years died last year. He was south african and that is where i lived and had six children with him. I was very lucky to meet a french guy over the internet who speaks english very well. he is very loving and sharing and we got married in...
    chanal chanal
    Nov 27, 2011

    I am thinking of going to an actual meeting.

    I have been procrastinating for so long because I do not know what to expect. I know where and when. I have even planned my route but getting up and going is never done. I spole to the leader but did not go. Should I be afraid of going?
    deleted deleted
    Feb 29, 2016


    hi i am sally. I have been in the chair for nearly 10 year. And i always have had a weight problem. But now i am getting brass off with not been able to stop myself from eating in the middle of the night.I live in pain with my legs so i don;t sleep a lot. I live on my only so...
    rolynda rolynda
    Oct 7, 2012


    Hi my name is Susan anorexic bulimic COE being in a program for 5,5 years really continues to change myself the best I could. I am not perfect and I know it inside that this is OK. Finally I found a sponsor who respect me, even though our relationship is based on email...
    emaviolet emaviolet
    1 Response Sep 22, 2012

    I Was A Chronic Dieter For 50 Years!

    I struggle with food from the time I was about 12 years old. When I was in high school I played basketball. I got a message from my coach that if I wanted to play on the first string,I would have to lose weight. That began 50 years of chronic dieting. I was always a very...
    sqs2009 sqs2009
    Oct 25, 2012

    From A 40 Pounds Under Weight To 100 Pounds Overweight.

    Hi, I am 61 All through my childhood and young adulthood up to 40, I was very skinny. In my teenage years I weighed no more than 99 lbs at 5'9". I could eat whatever I wanted to. In my forties my thyroid became under active to where I was gaining great amounts of weight to 241...
    jtrave55 jtrave55
    66-70, F
    Sep 20, 2013

    Just Starting Oa

    I just started OA and it seems as though the Food Plan is very mysterious and no one wants to talk about it. Anyone out there who can shed some light on this?Thanks
    1 Response Mar 10, 2012

    Back Again

    Five years ago I joined OA while living in Australia after living years with bulimia. I stayed abstinent for two years then went on a binge, quit OA blamed it for my bender and have yo toed now for the past three years. I am now working and living in Phuket where there are no...
    spikey1966 spikey1966
    1 Response Oct 5, 2012

    Newcomer In Need Of Someone To Relate To....

    I have felt pretty **** for weeks now, something that was triggered by my current situation living and working in Italy which I am not taking to at all.  There is something every day that makes me want to get straight on a plane back home and I use much of my energy trying...
    nocciola nocciola
    2 Responses Nov 21, 2010

    First Timer...

    Tonight I am planning on going to my first Overeaters Anonymous meeting.  I am fairly nervous... not too sure what to expect... and nervous about how friendly the people will be etc... but im sure it cant be too bad! my depression support group is nice : )  So i...
    LonelyTrail LonelyTrail
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Feb 17, 2010

    New To The Group

    I too am new to the group and to OA...After a life time of battling my weight....from about the age of 10 on...I'm now 47....I finally realized its not the low carb diet I need or Jenny Craig or WW...its to stop compulsively overeating...I think I've seen food as the enemy for...
    Iris012 Iris012
    51-55, F
    Mar 11, 2013

    I Need Help, Am I Right For OA?

    I am a member of AA, and I have been fighting the idea of joining OA since I first discovered there were meetings for OA through a club I go to. I am 22 years old, I am 7 months pregnant, I have serious guilt, shame, and remorse every time I eat or see a photo of me. I try to...
    ara1830 ara1830
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 26, 2013

    Needing A Helping Hand

    hi im flossie and im 16. when i was 11 i became anorexic and for nearly 7 years now i have been using food as a way to communicate. i have no idea how to view food as just that - food. i have been bingeing now for about a year, and despite asking for help, i have not found a way...
    floss126 floss126
    1 Response Jun 20, 2013

    Filling The Void With Food Only Makes The Void Bigger.

    I am turning 40 this year. I never thought it would be an issue, I've always said that I love the wisdom that comes with age. The problem is the way I look... I am very overweight, but don't ask me what I weigh, I am too cowardly to climb on the scale. It all really started about...
    baarn baarn
    1 Response Jan 11, 2011


    I am a 44 year old  bar owner.  I work long hours and I am my own boss.  That aspect of my life is fine with me.  But I can't stop overeating and relapsing. have done other 12 step groups/.  I am currently figting with myself to stop the binging.  But rite now I am losing...
    TR789 TR789
    1 Response Jul 10, 2011

    Lost In An Insane Maze Of Emotional Eating

    twist and turn, up and down, stuffed and starved. Trying trying to find my way. Always finding, slipping and falling. Scraping to hang on. Seeing the light, breathing relief and then lost again and again. Please can anyone help me. In torture I live. Always seeking to find...
    wanabenormal wanabenormal
    2 Responses Sep 13, 2012

    Not Sure... But At Least There Is Hope!

    I have been attending many different meetings for OA, which im quite proud about because its alot more productive and proactive than i usually am. Although i haven't yet said anything at the meetings really, i've spoken to a few people afterwards and have got a few numbers to...
    LonelyTrail LonelyTrail
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Feb 26, 2010

    I Eat At Night

    I have a problem with eating at night time. Sometime after dinner I start to feel really hungry and I long for the comfort of eating something. Sometimes it is more than I can cope with and I eat. If I do make it to bed, I will wake up at night and want to eat. I will feel like...
    placiddan placiddan
    51-55, M
    Jul 29, 2012

    I'M An Overeater

    Poor health, over weight is a contributor.
    Beez5 Beez5
    2 Responses Apr 10, 2013

    I Need To Stop Eating...

    I seriously need to stop eating sometimes i feel as if someones doing the eating for me as if i was trapped in a body of another person and im conscious of what im doing and my mind is telling me 'thats unhealthy don't eat it...' but at the same-time i have no self control. Other...
    ToxicBrownies ToxicBrownies
    18-21, M
    Jun 17, 2012

    Feeling Powerless

    well somedays are better then other but the problem remains.I over eat and i hate it, it seems like no matter how hard i try i cant seem to overcome this. I often feel so alone when it comes to fighting this. it seems like when i try to tell people about my over eating they don...
    youcandoit youcandoit
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Apr 26, 2010

    A Problem I Can't Solve...

    I want to change my life. For several years now my life and personality have been severely lessened by my physical appearance, namely, my obesity. It feels shameful to type the word "obese" here in reference to myself. I never thought I would be using that word to describe...
    UnknownLegend UnknownLegend
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jul 1, 2010

    I Am An Overeater

    I have been struggling quite a bit with my weight. I never had issues with my weight until the last few years when I gained a significant amount of weight, lost it, and gained even more in a short period of time. I do not even eat because I am hungry but I can't control it. I...
    leogirl12 leogirl12
    Jul 17, 2012
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