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(We call it “HOTJ” for short!)

Thank you for visiting Heavyweights on the Journey, or “HOTJ”!  We are a worldwide discussion group of men and women who are compulsive overeaters who "talk" to one another about our challenges with excessive food and weight.

A Little Bit About HOTJ…

“Heavyweights on the Journey” is a special focus group especially designed as a discussion and recovery forum for compulsive overeaters whose weight has reached over 400 lbs. or more.  Our members subscribe from all over the world, sharing their experience, strength and hope in our common problem, together seeking a common solution.  Each week, a discussion topic is suggested and sent to our loop members by e-mail for us to read, consider and share on.  Members may also suggest topics, or simply share with the loop about anything of their concerns in connection with their struggle with food, weight and all that comes with it.

Our loop seeks to provide a safe place where we can feel at home, a place where we can be open and honest about the things that are hard to talk about with others who do not share our unique challenges, joys, sorrows and victories.  Here, we can feel comfortable that we will be heard and not judged. Our anonymity is assured here, and what we share stays here among us in our loop.  Everyone who has the desire to stop eating compulsively, and engaging in compulsive food behaviors, is welcome.

You are invited to subscribe to HOTJ!

If you think, on learning about HOTJ, that you would like to see if HOTJ is for you, please give it a try and subscribe!  We invite you to read with us, to get to know us, and to share with us.  Sharing helps us all!  It reminds us that we are not alone, and it gives us opportunities to learn from one another as we each forge our path in our journey in recovery.

Subscribe here:

We hope you will take time to get to know the program, and that you will consider seeking a Sponsor who can help you make decisions about managing your food and will guide you through the Steps.

We are about to offer you information that you might find helpful as you explore our program.  It’s probably much more than you need to get started, but you might wish to keep them aside for reference as you move along in your journey in recovery...and there is there is a saying we often hear in program: “Take what you like and leave the rest.”  (What you leave today, you might find yourself interested in learning more about tomorrow.)


This loop is one of the many activities available to you through The Recovery Group to support you in your recovery from compulsive eating.  There are online meetings and other loops and information that might interest you.   We hope you will find, as many of us have, that the information and activities here bring us together in a place where we can find support and understanding that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggle with compulsive eating, and that recovery is possible!

Here are some suggested links to visit.  They include links to the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) website, where you can find more information about 12 Step recovery from compulsive overeating.  At your leisure, please try out some of these links, as they offer many treasures of information, help and support just waiting for you:

A brief description of the HOTJ loop:

The Recovery Group’s site map includes links to OA website):

The Recovery Group’s Sponsor Program:

OA worldwide phone and online meetings:

The OA Tools of Recovery (Plan of Eating, etc.):


A Little Bit about Some of the Key Literature of the Program

There are certain books and writings that you might hear about as you learn more about 12 Step recovery from compulsive overeating.  They have given rise to concepts and quotes that many members use that might be unfamiliar to our newcomers.  We take this opportunity to tell you a little about some of these materials and where to read them, should you so wish.

Born out of the 12 Step program of recovery founded by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), many of us consider the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” (the AA BB) to be extremely helpful in understanding our issues with food, how they have affected us and those around us, and what we can do to about it.  As overeaters, many of us find that if we apply the ideas and situations described in the AA BB to food and compulsive eating, we see ourselves.  As you continue your journey among us, you may find many of us making reference to this book.  A non-copyrighted issue of the AA BB is available online for free:

Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book”:

The OA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions are the foundation for this program.  They might seem a little foreign to our newcomers, but as we consider them and share about them, many of us find that they are instrumental in releasing not only pounds, but the burden of cravings that drive us to food.  They teach us how to cope with life without using food to handle our emotions, and help us preserve our unity as a fellowship so that we may continue to find recovery here and to pass it on to others who wish to walk the walk with us.

The 12 Steps:

The Recovery Group’s 12 Guidelines:

The 12 Traditions of OA:

The Steps and Traditions of OA also emerged from the ideas set forth in AA’s 12 Steps and 12 Traditions.  Both OA and AA have produced books detailing the principles of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions.  Many people in the OA program find both of these books very helpful. Of course, the AA book talks about alcoholism, but many OA members find that just as thinking of food in place of alcohol makes the AA BB relevant to them, so too does it work this way with other AA literature.  Like the AA BB, the book titled “The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous is also available online at no cost:

Free Online Book: “The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA”:


For Today: A Final Note on a New Beginning

Most of us come to believe we are best off when we live life one day at a time, when we do one thing at a time.  There are so many resources for us in this program and there is so much to learn, but we don’t have to do it all at once!  Take time to explore and enjoy the gift of recovery you have embraced simply by considering HOTJ.


We invite you to try us out, to read, share any time you like and

feel free to ask questions, and most importantly…