Meeting Definitions

Open Meeting: Open to OA members and non-OA visitors. All meetings are considered open unless otherwise indicated.

Closed Meeting: Open to anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively or anyone who thinks they may have a problem with compulsive overeating, this includes newcomers.

Special Focus Meetings: (gay and lesbian, women’s, 100-pounders, maintainers, anorexic/bulimic, etc.) are composed of individuals who feel they can more readily identify with fellow OAers with similar attributes.

Special Topic Meetings: (Big Book Study, Lifeline, Speaker, Newcomer, etc.) have a defined topic of discussion.

NOTE: Not all meetings have a Special Focus or Special Topic.

According to the Traditions, bylaws and policies of OA, the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. We ask each person attending to respect the meeting’s group conscience. All registered meetings welcome and give a voice to any person who has the desire to stop eating compulsively.

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2021 OA World Service Convention

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August 26 - August 28

2021 OA World Service Convention

Theme: “Walking in the Sunlight: One Day at a Time”

Dates: August 26-28, 2021

Orlando Florida, USA

Check this page for updates and join the Convention email list at In your email, include your full name, email address, and country. Your information will be kept confidential to the World Service Office.

Schedule of Events

Click here for a tentative schedule of events. Attendees interested in speaking or volunteering for Convention can complete the Convention registration form (coming soon).

Click Here to visit the Convention Website


August 26
August 28
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