- Our common welfare should come first;
personal recovery depends upon OA 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.
- The only requirement for OA membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
- Each group should be autonomous except
in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.
- Each group has but one primary purpose — to
carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
- 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.
- Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting,
declining outside contributions.
- Overeaters Anonymous should remain
forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ
- OA, as such, ought never be organized;
but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible
to those they serve.
- Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion
on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into
- 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.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation
of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles
Permission to use the Twelve Traditions
of Alcoholics Anonymous for adaptation granted by AA World Services,