The purpose of this special day, International Day Experiencing Abstinence, is to encourage members to establish or reaffirm their own abstinence. Many people ask what abstinence is, so we will look to the OA Policy on Abstinence and Recovery: “The WSBC 2019 accepts the following definitions: 1) Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. 2) Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors. “Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program.” Notice that the

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