About Us

Overeaters Anonymous is a twelve-step program for men and women who support each other in solving their common problem of compulsive eating including anorexia, bulimia, obesity and overeating.


Our program, which is patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous, is not affiliated with any other organisation, nor are we in competition with any weight-loss program or group.  Further, we are not experts about obesity, weight-loss or food addiction. 

The primary purpose of OA is to carry the message that recovery is possible.  We simply want to share our experience with others who desire our help.  We may be able to help you, your family member, friend, colleague or patient.

Founded in 1960, today there are about 6,500 OA group meetings in over 80 countries.  One becomes a member simply by coming along to meetings and having the desire to stop compulsive eating.  Membership is open to all and there are no dues or fees for membership. ​

Meetings are held throughout the week in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Napier and New Plymouth ​


If you are a Health Care Professional you may be interested to read an article which appeared in the New Zealand Medical Journal in 2010, titled “Addictive overeating: lessons learned from medical students’ perceptions of Overeaters Anonymous”.

​​For more information email us directly or through the contact page.


A list of meetings in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Napier and New Plymouth is available.