Marquette – 01/18/12 -Overeaters Anonymous will hold a Step 1 Beginners Meeting on Saturday, January 21, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Room 202. The church is located on 305 W. Magnetic in Marquette. For more information call 346-2059.
As the holiday season comes to a close, New Year’s resolutions abound as we all vow to finally lose weight, be more active and be a little happier. For individuals battling compulsive eating, a New Year’s resolution may mean vowing to overcome this powerful and often misunderstood addiction to food.
Fear, loneliness, hopelessness, and embarrassment are some of the many feelings experienced by people suffering from compulsive eating. These feelings can be hard or almost impossible to overcome alone, but Overeaters Anonymous (OA), a 12-step program, helps members throughout the world deal with these issues.
Members of OA range from the morbidly obese to the anorexic. These individuals experience many different symptoms, and have various difficulties with food. But what they have in common is the admission that they were powerless over food and their lives had become unmanageable as a result.
OA members maintain anonymity, which enables the group to offer unconditional acceptance and support for all. The organization is completely self-supporting through member donations and literature sales, and does not charge membership fees or dues. Although OA offers many types of support, it is not a source for diet tips, counseling, hospitalization, treatment, research or training. OA’s primary goal is to help members abstain from compulsive eating, and to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer.
For more information on meetings in the Upper Peninsula or to be put in contact with an OA representative, please call Martha at (906) 346-2059 or www.upperpeninsulaoa.com.