Someone recently contacted me on Facebook — letting me know that she was inspired by the changes in my life, and that she was going to join Weight Watchers and lose weight. That got me to thinking about writing a post for people looking to get help for eating disorders.
At various times in my life, I have been anorexic, bulimic, exercise bulimic (binge then exercise like crazy, then binge again), and 50 pounds overweight. You could say I’ve got what they call an eating disorder. I started dieting when I was eight years old, on 800 calories a day.
In the past on my blog, I have been hesitant to say the name of the group to which I’ve turned for help. That’s because there’s a policy in the group to remain anonymous – ie, not to be associated with any individuals or political issues. Then again, there’s also a passionate injunction to actively spread the word of the group, to help those still suffering from eating disorders. It’s quite the contradiction.
In the case of the woman who contacted me on Facebook, I shared the name of this group, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) – a 12 step program based on the Alcoholics Anonymous program. Turned out she was in an area with no OA groups, so I directed her to the OA Intergroup website, where she could download podcasts of OA meetings. As I understand it, the information already has made a big difference in this woman’s life. So I’ve decided that spreading the word trumps anonymity.
If you’ve got an eating disorder, I highly recommend the OA program. In my next blog post, I’ll share why.