The Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on OA unity.

2. For  our group purpose there is one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may  express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants;  they do not govern.

3. The  only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.

4. Each  group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a  whole.

5. Each  group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the compulsive  overeater who still suffers.

6. An OA  group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the OA name to any related facility  or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us  from our primary purpose.

7. Every  OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service  centers may employ special workers.

9. OA, as  such ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees  directly responsible to those they serve.

10. Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA name ought  never be drawn into controversy.

11. Our  public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need  always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press,   radio, films, television, and other public media of communication.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us  to place principles before personalities.

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