HOW I Do It

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I wonder if the Overeaters Anonymous Fellowship took a wrong turn back near the beginning. Like AA, we kept our program one of suggestions rather than requirements. But abstinence in AA is clear-cut: don’t drink alcohol. Abstinence in OA is vague and unspecified: “the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.” Just what does it mean to refrain from compulsion in eating and food behaviors? Just what is a healthy body weight? As long as we’re the ones deciding what these terms mean, we’re defining our own versions

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