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Eat Disord. 2004 Winter;12(4):337-56.

An analysis of the role of overeaters anonymous in women's recovery from bulimia nervosa.

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University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Kinesiology, Arlington, Texas, USA.


This study presents a qualitative analysis of the role of the self-help group Overeaters Anonymous (OA) in the treatment experiences of women with bulimia nervosa. It specifies how various elements of OA facilitate or maintain recovery. Using focus groups and individual interviews, data were collected from 26 women who met the criteria for bulimia nervosa. Data analysis revealed that those participants used five OA skills or strategies. These included: (1) OA meeting attendance and participation, (2) interaction with a sponsor, (3) processing (i.e., writing and journaling), (4) spirituality (i.e., prayer and meditation), and (5) adherence to a food plan.


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