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Compulsive Overeaters struggle during Holidays

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

November 26, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The holidays are a time for fellowship loved ones, but lets face it. What most of us are excited about is the food.

But for some, casseroles and desserts equal stress and heartache.

"Holidays are hard for everyone. Old memories come up," says one woman.

"Holiday season is hard because all the food is around," says the other.

I met with these two women, who wish to remain anonymous, for a cup of coffee this afternoon. Both women are in Overeaters Anonymous. For them, Thanksgiving is a struggle.

"You get stressed and you're thinking I can't do that, I can't eat that, and pretty soon you're into all these negative requirements you've put on yourself," one of them says.

Overeaters anonymous is a spiritually based fellowship for assistance in recovering from compulsive eating. The women I spoke with said the free program changed their lives forever.

"I've lost over 40 pounds now and I'm well on the way to taking off the rest of it."

"I started at 192...now I'm at 172."

If you think you may be an overeater, OA has a list of 15 questions you should ask yourself that many in the program answer yes to:

Some of the questions are:

Does your weight affect the way you live?

Do you eat a little around others...but binge when your alone?

And do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?

Also....do you eat to escape worries?

OA doesn't put you on a diet. It helps with recovery through literature...communication...and food plans that fit each individual lifestyle.

"I can tell you that this works."

"It's a very pleasant and wonderful life, and I'm very thankful for it," she says.

So if it's the food that's stressing you this holiday season these Cairo women want you to know you're not alone and help is here.

For more information, visit the Overeaters Anonymous website

www.oa.org

Some local meetings:

Cairo - OA meets every Thursday (including Thanksgiving night) at 6pm and every Saturday at 10am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. 1500 11th Ave NW.

Thomasville - OA meets every Tuesday at 6pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Remington.

If you want information on how to get meeting started in your area in South Georgia, call 377-1109 on how to get started.  Feedback