New Overeaters Anonymous group
Compulsive eating. It's not only how much we eat or how much we weigh, but the ways in which we try to control our food. Some of us hide our food and eat in secret. Some binge and purge, while others alternate between overeating and starvation. No matter what behavior we exhibit, we are driven by forces we don't understand, to deal with food in irrational and self-destructive ways. Once compulsive eating as an illness has taken hold, an individual's willpower cannot stop it. The power of choice over food is gone.
Beginning April 30, members of Overeaters Anonymous will begin holding meetings on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at White Mountain Community Health Center. The only requirement is to want to stop eating compulsively, and anyone who feels they may be a compulsive eater is welcome: men, women, teenagers to elders, people of any sex, age, religious denomination (or none), any occupation.
One important thing to remember if you are considering attending one of these meetings is anonymity. "What we hear here, what we say here, let it stay here" is quoted at each meeting. Living in a small town should not discourage you from finding out more about the help that is out there waiting for you. You will never be judged; you will be welcomed with open arms and hearts, smiles and unwavering support.
This is not a diet club you determine what food plan you will follow. There is no fee when you come, only a donation if you are able to make one. Our hope is that anyone who has hit bottom or realized they can no longer control their compulsive eating will come and see what we have to offer.
For more information call White Mountain Community Health Center at (603) 447-8900 and ask for Zoe, or call Zoe at (207) 351-0095. You can also learn more about Overeaters Anonymous at OA.org