According to the Traditions, bylaws and policies of OA, the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. We ask each person attending to respect the meeting’s group conscience. All registered meetings welcome and give a voice to any person who has the desire to stop eating compulsively.
Open meetings are open to OA members and non-OA visitors. All meetings are considered open unless otherwise indicated.
Closed meetings are restricted to those who desire to stop eating compulsively (OA members and others who think they may have a problem with food).
NOTE: Not all meetings have a Special Focus or Special Topic.
Special Focus Meetings
Identified as gay and lesbian, women’s, 100-pounders, maintainers, anorexic/bulimic, etc., these meetings are composed of individuals who feel they can more readily identify with fellow OAers with similar attributes.
Special Topic Meetings
Identified as Big Book Study, Lifeline, Speaker, Newcomer, etc., these meetings have a defined topic of discussion.
Please be aware that meeting information is as current as the communication NHI receives from the groups. Though each meeting has a contact person, it isn’t necessary to call a meeting’s contact person to attend a meeting. However, the contact person can confirm the meeting place and time, give you directions to the meeting, and answer questions about the program. To connect with a contact person for a specific meeting, please call our 24 hour answering service at 1-800-201-8720 (toll free in NH, ME, MA, VT only).
Group Secretary Information
Registering a meeting ensures it will be listed in NHI’s directory. The group secretary connects the meeting to NHI, making sure that NHI has current meeting and contact information. He or she is also responsible for distributing information from the NHI – such as newsletters, surveys and other mail – to group members. When changes to the meeting details occur, please submit them to NHI using the online registration/change form or email the Meeting List Coordinator.