Food Addicts Anonymous
Food Addicts Anonymous is a twelve-step program for people with food addictions, that is patterned after the Alcoholics Anonymous program. It is based on the premise that some people are addicted to refined high-carbohydrate foods and need to abstain from those foods in order to avoid overconsumption.
History and Description
Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA) was founded in 1987 in West Palm Beach, Florida by a founder who calls herself "Judith C." By 2007 there were over 150 weekly meetings around the world in addition to phone and online meetings. The organization has meetings in the USA, Canada, Australia, England, Norway, Sweden and Ireland.
FAA holds that some people are addicted to certain foods and must abstain from them; like other twelve-step programs, FAA members believe that help from a higher power is necessary for them to avoid the substances they crave. The organization has a suggested food plan that calls for abstinence from sugar, flour, and wheat. (The call for abstinence from these specific foods is one difference between FAA and Overeaters Anonymous.) All sugars, sugar substitutes, and artificial sweeteners are restricted by the plan. All forms of wheat and flour, including flours not made from wheat, are also restricted. Dietary fats are limited. FAA suggests that its members eat a variety of foods at specified intervals and in set proportions and keep track of what they eat.
- Abstain from Carbs? 'Food Addicts' Do It One Day at a Time, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 6, 2000
- What is Food Addicts Anonymous?, Food Addicts Anonymous website, accessed June 4, 2010a
- Food Addicts Anonymous to celebrate, Massapequa Post, November 28, 2007
- Food addicts find support in local meetings, North Country Times, November 13, 2005
- Official website
- FAA Food Plan
- Works by or about Food Addicts Anonymous in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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