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FA defines abstinence as weighed and measured meals with nothing in between, no flour, no sugar and the avoidance of any individual binge foods.
Abstinence is a planned, disciplined way of eating that leads to the addict’s release from food cravings, obsession, and self-abuse.
Further, FA is united by a single definition of abstinence that is clear and unchanging.
Most important, in addition to the usual support offered through individual contact and group meetings, the program gives members an effective means for doing each of the Twelve Steps in sequence, leading to a change in personality and a way of life that makes long-term, continuous abstinence possible.
WSI is led by thirteen, elected trustees (members of FA) and is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts.
FA meetings are also supported and united by incorporated regional associations (intergroups) and smaller, unincorporated regional affiliations (chapters).
A paragraph read at every FA meeting defines abstinence as follows: Food addicts have an allergy to flour, sugar and quantities that sets up an uncontrollable craving.
All meetings are face-to-face (there are no phone or internet FA meetings).
The program offers the hope of long-term recovery, evidenced by many members who have continuously maintained a normal weight and healthy eating for periods of twenty-five or even thirty years.
The following is the definition of FA that is used in FA literature and read at FA meetings: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from food addiction.
Some have been obese; others have been severely underweight, bulimic, or so obsessed with food or weight that normal life was difficult or impossible.
The common denominator uniting members of FA is addiction and a relationship with food that parallels an alcoholic’s relationship with alcohol.