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Is Your Appetite Out of Control?

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Hungry for Help

If you can't stop eating, you're not alone. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) began in 1960 with one mission: to help compulsive eaters. Some members are obese; others are underweight. What they have in common is an obsession with food. There are 6,500 OA groups with an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 members worldwide. A majority -- 85 percent -- are women. OA follows a 12-step program modeled after the one used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Members start by admitting they are powerless over food. Meeting formats may vary, but all seek recovery on three levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. OA recommends trying six different groups before deciding on the one that's right for you.

However, the program may not be a good fit for everyone. According to a 2002 survey of members, 56 percent said their food obsession had been lifted, but 44 percent said it hadn't. For more information, go to

-- Susan Koeppen, consumer correspondent for CBS News' The Early Show and our new contributor

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2007.


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5/23/2014 06:37:25 PM Report Abuse
law898 wrote:

not hungry*

10/15/2013 02:34:34 PM Report Abuse
law898 wrote:

Try PB with no added sugar or salt. It's not as tasty and definitely not as addictive. And when you want to eat, even though you're not, distract yourself as much as possible until the next meal time. It takes time, effort and willpower but eventually it will replace your old habit.

10/15/2013 02:33:05 PM Report Abuse
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3/4/2012 03:29:53 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I am also addicted to peanut butter. I can relate to it and binging on the foods that I deprived myself from eating. I but what can i do if it makes me feel better when I grab a spoonful of PB and I can't stop myself to lick more. After that craving force myself in exercising to death. Is this psychological?

11/13/2011 08:31:35 AM Report Abuse

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