What are your experiences with Overeaters Anonymous?
September 1, 2010 11:11 AM Subscribe
What are your experiences with Overeaters Anonymous? I am tired of eating to the point of physical pain.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm female and in my 30s. I love to eat. I don't want to eat anything that doesn't taste absolutely fucking delicious - this usually means sweet, rich, creamy, or cheesy. Anything chocolate and mexican food are some of my main weaknesses. When I'm eating, I can't get over how GOOD something is, and I just have no desire to stop. I know it's going to hurt and I'm going to feel bloated, sick, and slovenly, but I can't stop. I have never purged or starved myself.
I've seen a couple of therapists and hated them both. The first was a guy who could not/would not believe that I was being truthful about my background - I have NO abuse or neglect in my history. My parents are lovely people and I have no complaints about my childhood. He also didn't believe that I enjoy physical activity and insisted I was only doing it to burn calories. I don't have a bad body image. I'm not overweight and I'm actually quite athletic (triathete, no compulsive or excessive exercise.). The 2nd therapist was a woman who literally waved her hand at me and said, "Just work out! You're young, you can eat whatever you want!"
I've tried again and again and again to set rules (such as a certain amount of sugar/treats allowed per day), go cold turkey on refined sugar, practice moderation, and eat intuitively. Nothing has worked.
Did OA work for you? Will I get the stinkeye because I'm normal weight? I am NOT trying to lose weight. Is it particularly focused on the higher power thing? Anything else you can tell me is welcome.