I live in a small town, and we’re a pretty homogenous group racially and culturally. But I have some thirty years of attending OA, and my early years were in a larger city. This city was very diverse, and I struggled with that somewhat in my work and in my neighborhood. Diversity was causing more problems than I could imagine, and I was frustrated. But in OA, it was amazing how using the meeting format, having HP run things, and seeing the commonalities of compulsive overeaters led to smooth relations—better than smooth, actually. There were moments of real connection among

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