“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” (Step 12)

Feeling welcome and included in Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is an important component of recovery. We are all united in the desire to stop eating compulsively (Tradition 3). The purpose of this survey is to capture individual experiences of feeling welcome or unwelcome, included or excluded within OA.

Your experiences and input matter, this is an opportunity to have your voice heard. There are no right or wrong answers. Please share only what you wish to, including any feedback on how we can improve this survey experience in the future. This survey was created by the OA Region 2 (R2) Diversity Committee and reviewed by the R2 Board.

Completion takes about 10-15 minutes. 

Thank you for taking the time to do this service, we look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Notice: The research from this survey will be used to determine action across multiple R2 committees. We will use it to help ensure that OA is as open and welcoming as possible to everyone who has the desire to stop eating compulsively. The R2 Diversity Committee also intends to present summary results at the R2 Convention and on the R2 website. All SurveyMonkey settings have been set to protect your anonymity, including all answers and your email address.
Getting to Know You

Who we are has an impact on our recovery. We‌ ‌include‌ ‌demographics‌ ‌not‌ ‌to‌ ‌isolate‌ ‌or‌ ‌label‌ each other,‌ ‌but‌ ‌to‌ ‌collect‌ ‌data‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ expand ‌our awareness‌ ‌and‌ ‌understanding‌. Getting to know each other will help us learn how we can better welcome and include everyone into OA, ‌so that we may all ‌“find‌ ‌love‌ ‌and‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌beyond‌ ‌our‌ ‌wildest‌ ‌dreams”‌ ‌(OA‌ ‌Promise‌‌). For each question, select all that apply and/or write in additional identifiers.



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* 1. How do you identify in Overeaters Anonymous?

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* 4. What religion, spirituality or non-religious belief(s) do you identify with? Please write in your answer.

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* 5. What disabilities or illnesses do you identify with, if any? Please write in your answer.

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* 6. What is your gender identity?

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* 7. What is your Sexual Orientation?

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* 8. What race(s) do you identify with?

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* 9. What ethnic background(s) do you identify with? (Example: Irish, Filipino, Jamaican, Jewish, etc..)
Please write in your answer.

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* 10. Are there any other aspects of your identity that you would like to share?

Welcome and Inclusion Questions

“All are welcome to join OA and are not excluded because of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other trait. We welcome all who share our compulsion” (OA WSO “Unity with Diversity” Policy). Your responses to these questions will inform a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and OA (Step 4). Please be honest, courageous and thorough in your answers. For each question, select Yes, No, Sometimes or N/A. Please feel free to elaborate on your experiences in the Comments section under applicable questions and/or at the bottom of the page.

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* 15. I feel welcome and included in OA no matter what my body size is.

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* 16. I have felt unwelcome or not included in OA because of my immigration status, history and/or experience. 

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* 17. I feel comfortable talking about my background, identity and cultural experiences with my OA fellows in OA meetings and events. 

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* 18. I hear my story in all areas of OA. Please select all that apply.

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* 19. All areas of OA are welcoming and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please select all that apply.

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* 20. While OA has no opinion on outside issues (Tradition 10), I feel free to share my personal experiences on any issues as they affect my disease or relate to my personal OA recovery without fear of negative consequences.

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* 21. I feel welcome and included in all OA meetings because they are welcoming and accessible to me. Please select all that apply.

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* 22. Use this space to expand on any of your answers to the questions above, or share more about any experiences you have of feeling welcome and included or unwelcome and excluded in OA. 

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* 23. In closing, please offer any feedback on diversity-related issues in OA, and/or how we may improve this survey in the future. 

If you would like to be involved in the work of the Region 2 Diversity Committee, please email:
diversity-chair@oar2.org

Please forward this survey to other current and past OA members. Our primary purpose is to carry the OA message to compulsive eaters who still suffer (Tradition 5). Together we get better. OA does not endorse any outside entities (Tradition 6). If you are in need of emergency services, please contact them promptly. Thanks again for your service!



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