The Twelve Traditions Of OA

  1. Our common welfare should come first;
    personal recovery depends upon OA unity.
  2. 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.
  3. The only requirement for OA membership
    is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except
    in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to
    carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
  6. 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.
  7. Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting,
    declining outside contributions.
  8. Overeaters Anonymous should remain
    forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ
    special workers.
  9. OA, as such, ought never be organized;
    but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible
    to those they serve.
  10. Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion
    on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into
    public controversy.
  11. 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.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation
    of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles
    before personalities.

Permission to use the Twelve Traditions
of Alcoholics Anonymous for adaptation granted by AA World Services,