Health Care Professionals

Introducing OA to Health Care Professionals

As a health care professional, you may be seeking additional or alternative support for your patients with eating disorders.

We have experience of receiving referrals from:

  • Counsellors
  • Dieticians
  • Family Therapists
  • General Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Self help group facilitators
  • Trainees
  • Teachers
  • Youth workers

What we Offer

Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA.

The Twelve Steps work for those with a variety of eating problems, including overeating, undereating, obesity, anorexia and bulimia.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no subscriptions or fees for OA membership.

We are self supporting through our own contributions.

Overeaters Anonymous is a proven programme based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Many people have reached a healthy weight and maintained it by following the program of recovery.

Because of our long experience of compulsive eating and recovery, we are able to offer understanding and support for the compulsive eater and general guidance in developing a personal plan of eating.

OA claims no nutritional expertise.

We strongly recommend that members seek the advice of medical and nutritional professionals for guidance and for approval of a plan of eating.

The OA programme is a resource which can enhance – not replace your existing treatment program for these patients.

Anonymity also allows each member the freedom and safety to develop personal honesty, accountability and responsibility about his or her actions.

Please see the current issue of The Courier newsletter in which health care professionals share their reasons for referring patients or clients to Overeaters Anonymous.

How to Refer

Anyone who wants to stop eating compulsively and achieve freedom from their destructive eating patterns, are very welcome to attend any of our meetings. They are free of charge and can be found nationally and internationally.

Meetings List

Further Information

We have a wide range of literature which can be located at the OAGB literature shop


If you would like any more information about OA, or would like to arrange for us to visit you to give a talk about the OA 12 Step programme, please contact our Professional Outreach committee.

We would be delighted to hear from you
and help in anyway we can.



Should you wish to find out more about our work with Professionals in general, please visit our World Service Website which contains more detailed information and resources.