Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 155–171 | Cite as

Eating Disorders and Recovery: Lessons from Overeaters Anonymous

  • Natti Ronel
  • Galit Libman


The experience of compulsive eating and recovery, as perceived by women members of the self-help organization Overeaters Anonymous (OA), was qualitatively studied by examining the worldview transformation of the members. A worldview transformation was found in four domains: (a) experience of self; (b) Universal Order/God; (c) relationships with others; (d) perception of the problem. Understanding the personal experience of worldview transformation of OA members may be adapted to the clinical setting for eating disorders. Guidelines for such an adaptation are proposed.

eating disorders Overeaters Anonymous powerlessness spirituality worldview 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natti Ronel
    • 1
  • Galit Libman
  1. 1.Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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