Welcome to the OA NoVA Intergroup Website

OA's Fifth Tradition states

Our Primary Purpose is to carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.

OA NoVA Intergroup Mission Statement

To support individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through empowering all meetings within the Intergroup.


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A Power Greater Than Myself

from Sarah S., your NoVAtions editor

“That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels.

That God—unless you're Charlton Heston, or unhinged, or both—speaks and acts entirely through the vehicle of human beings, if there is a God.

That God might regard the issue of whether you believe there's a God or not as fairly low on his/her/its list of things s/he/it's interested in re you.”

― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“A power greater than myself.” More than anything else, these words kept me away from recovery. As a devout atheist, I thought that believing (or pretending to believe) in a Higher Power would mean turning my back on my convictions, on science, on reason. Then I spoke to someone in the rooms who told me that a belief in a Higher Power was . . .



The Recovery Is Spiritual - reprinted from Lifeline Sampler

Excerpt from February's Novations

When I began attending Overeaters Anonymous meetings almost ten years ago I really didn’t want to do anything. I wanted to eat as I always ate and still lose weight.

I was told that it wouldn’t work that way, however, and what I really had to strive for was a “spiritual recovery.”

Being an atheist I found those words abhorrent. I heard them as an injunction to become religious in some way.

As was my usual pattern, I ignored such suggestions and joined what I call the OA “diet clubbers.” I lost 75 pounds and kept it off by sheer ego, willpower, and self-centeredness. I attended many meetings, spoke at marathons and retreats, and thought I was practicing my program.

In reality, however, I was as obsessed with food and keeping my weight down as I ever was, perhaps even more. Food was my God and seemed to doom me to a life of white-knuckled abstinence.

Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer. I had heard about hitting bottom in terms of both overeating and weight gain, but here I was, ...




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Sunday's Men's Meeting 25th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the men's meeting, a special edition of the men's meeting will include panel of two members who attended the first meeting in 1991, and hosted by another member who started attending in 1991, will be held on January 31, 2016 in Room 2 of the Unity Club at 116 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA from 8am to 9:30am. Fellowship will follow across the street, at Ireland's Four Provinces at 105 W. Broad St., Falls Church, from 10am to 2pm.  The Sunday brunch is $16.95 and includes a large salad selection, fresh vegetables, and protein choices.  

"We welcome men who are looking for abstinence and recovery in Overeaters Anonymous."  Please consider a 12th step within for any male who wants help by inviting him to the 25th anniversary of men's focus meetings in Overeaters Anonymous.  Significant others and guests are welcome at the fellowship at Ireland's Four Provinces.  Please call or email Jason Brett with any questions at or .



7:00 pm

Peace Lutheran Church
401 Smallwood Drive
Waldorf, MD 20602


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