Food Addicts Anonymous is a twelve-step program for people with food addictions, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. The program 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.
Food Addicts Anonymous was founded in 1987 in West Palm Beach, Florida, where it is still based. The founder calls herself "Judith C." By 2007 there were over 150 weekly in-person meetings around the world, plus phone and online meetings.
The organisation has meetings currently in the USA, Canada, Australia, England, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. The meetings are sometimes but not always held in the same places they treat other addictions such as alcohol addiction. There is sometimes a link between alcohol addiction and food addiction, (since one of the addictive substances is sugar.) The organization has a suggested food plan that calls for abstinence from sugar, flour, and wheat, but it has no association with diet or weight loss programs.
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