The program first helps food addicts physically refrain from their addiction.
Abstinence in FA is the parallel of sobriety in AA.
AWOL (“A Way of Life”) enables each participant to face and clear away the wreckage of the past and to find and develop a reliance on his or her own Higher Power.
This leads to a change in personality that makes one-day-at-a-time, continuous recovery possible.
Some have been obese; others have been severely underweight, bulimic, or so obsessed with food or weight that normal life was difficult or impossible.