In a brand new 2017 self-reported survey of Food Addicts members, over 95% of those with health problems reported improvements in mental and physical health. 96% reported weight loss and two thirds of those kept it off for more than 3 years.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a non-profit recovery programme modelled on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous with a fellowship of about six thousand people across the world, including the UK, who are recovering from abusing food. There are no fees or weigh-ins. We currently have meetings in London, Brighton and Bath, with members in Wales, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset, and Merseyside.
We couldn’t control our eating, no matter how much determination or shame we felt. We have eaten in secret, isolating from our friends and family. We have lied and some of us even stole food. Our doctors told us we’re in danger of diabetes, heart attack, stroke or malnutrition and it didn’t make any difference. It was especially baffling as many of us displayed strong discipline and willpower in other areas of our lives.
Food addicts have a relationship with food that parallels an alcoholic’s relationship with alcohol. No amount of willpower will lead us to normal eating habits or healthy attitudes about food and body size.
And yet most of us in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous do now have a neutral relationship with food and many of us have been in the same-sized slim, healthy body FOR YEARS (and even decades!)
Results of our new self-reporting survey of over 4000 members shows FA can have lasting success:
– 94% reported weight loss from the time they joined FA
– 81% lost over 20 pounds
– 49% lost over 50 pounds
– Of those at goal weight, 83% had maintained that weight for over one year; 64% for three years or more.
– Of members with health problems, 96% reported improvements in mental health (including anxiety and depression) and 95% in physical health (including joint pain, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes and respiratory problems)
– Of members diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, 93% reported improvements and 43% no longer have it.
For further information regarding FA, please see our website: www.foodaddicts.org.