“These Twelve Traditions are to the groups what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. They are suggested principles to ensure the survival and growth of the many groups that compose Overeaters Anonymous.”
–The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
The Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.
Spiritual Principle: Unity
- For our group purpose there is but 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.
Spiritual Principle: Trust
- The only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
Spiritual Principle: Identity
- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.
Spiritual Principle: Autonomy
- Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
Spiritual Principle: Purpose
- 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.
Spiritual Principle: Solidarity
- Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Spiritual Principle: Responsibility
- Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Spiritual Principle: Fellowship
- OA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Spiritual Principle: Structure
- Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Spiritual Principle: Neutrality
- 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.
Spiritual Principle: Anonymity
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Spiritual Principle: Spirituality
For an in-depth study of the Twelve Steps, read The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition available from the Overeaters Anonymous bookstore.oa.org.