I have been a member of Overeaters Anonymous since the early 1980s. I have attended OA meetings in the US states of Florida, South Carolina, Utah, and Maryland and in the country of Israel. There are many differences among these places—in cultures, geographies, and customs. But at every meeting, parts or all of the Steps were read and parts or all of the Traditions were read. In the hundreds of times I’ve heard them, the Steps and Traditions have been worded the same way, based on the fought-for, hard-won experiences of Alcoholics Anonymous members and our early founders. I was

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