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First-Meeting Gifts

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I went to my first OA meeting on a Saturday in March 1979. I was coming off a food binge of almost two years; it had started when my fiancée told me she didn’t want to marry me. The next day I’d gone off to the races. I gained over 100 pounds (45 kg) in a year, and didn’t see any way out from my preoccupation with food. When I got to the meeting place, I saw lots of people hanging out near the entrance, and someone came up to me and said, “Hi, welcome. My name is ____. Would

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