Have a problem with food? There is help.
Overeaters Anonymous meets every Wednesday at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Hall on Sandwich Steet. There are 5 other weekly meetings in Windsor, Kingsville and Leaminton. Visit our website for more information or call 519-257-5121 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.
Is OA for you? This series of questions may help you determine if you are a compulsive eater.
Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
Do you give too much time and thought to food?
Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone?
Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?
Do you resent others telling you to “use a little willpower” to stop overeating?
Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet “on your own” whenever you wish?
Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime?
Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food-related condition?
Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?
Have you answered yes to three or more of these questions? If so, it is probable that you have or are well on your way to having a compulsive eating problem.
We who are now in OA have found a way of life which enables us to live without the need for excess food or other compulsive food behaviours. We believe that compulsive eating is a progressive illness, one that, like alcoholism and some other illnesses, can be arrested using the twelve steps of recovery.
Remember, there is no shame in admitting you have a problem; the most important thing is to do something about it.