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  • 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 nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  • 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 public controversy.

  • 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 before personalities.

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