So, recently I’ve been thinking about Overeaters Anonymous (OA) because about 6 months ago a new OA group started up at my church. (My church also hosts AA, AlAnon, and GA meetings).
I realized that I haven’t seen much talk about OA within the fatosphere or among fat activist communities. Maybe some of my readers can shed some light on this—have you seen analysis, criticism, praise, etc. for OA groups somewhere that I should be reading? Have you had personal good or bad experiences with OA?
From their website, it appears they do engage in a lot of fat-hating with “overweight or obese” listed as potential reasons one might need OA and the assumption that fat folks should lose weight after undertaking the program. But it also doesn’t seem nearly as bad as most diet and weight loss programs. It seems to teeter on the fine line between seeing overeating as an illness and seeing fatness as an illness.
I’d just like to know more, personally as a fat activist and professionally as a psychotherapist, about a HAES perspective on OA. Can you help me?