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Food Addicts Convention Draws 800 Members from 31 States, 5 Nations Around the World

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) announces their Second Annual Fellowship Convention to be held at the Santa Clara Marriot from October 16-18, 2009 in Santa Clara, California.

Founded in 1998, FA is an international fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from food addiction. For many people who use food as a drug, FA offers an effective, long-term solution to food addiction, whether they under-eat, overeat, are bulimic, or are otherwise obsessed with food, weight or exercise.

Based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, FA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine. Membership in FA is free and is open to anyone who wants to recover from food addiction.

The number of FA members registered for attendance at this year's convention exceeds 850. Attendees are expected from 31 states in the U.S., 3 provinces in Canada and will be traveling from as far as Australia, Cuba, and the United Kingdom to attend.

According to the most recent FA membership survey conducted in 2009, the number of FA members is estimated at 4,044 worldwide. Of the fellowship surveyed, 89 percent are female, 11 percent are male, 90 percent are between the ages of 31 and 70, and 8 percent are younger than 30. A full 49 percent report being free from addictive eating for 13 months to 5 years. Forty-four percent have had a normal body size for 13 months to 5 years. Members with continuous success in the program since its inception have maintained upwards of two decades in a healthy body size, including maintaining documented weight loss of as much as 200 pounds.

The fellowship of FA spans over 40 states in the U.S. and countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the United States alone, there are more than 418 weekly FA meetings available for those looking for freedom from food addiction. While most members attend meetings locally in their region, some members in areas where there are no FA meetings follow the program long-distance.

For more information about the Fellowship Convention of FA, visit, or call the FA World Service Office at 781-932-6300.

Are you a food addict? Ask yourself the following questions and answer them as honestly as you can.

1 Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn't?

2 Do you think about food or your weight constantly?

3 Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?

4 Do you binge and then "get rid of the binge" through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?

5 Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?

6 Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?

7 Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)?

8 Is your weight problem due to your "nibbling" all day long?

9 Do you eat to escape from your feelings?

10 Do you eat when you're not hungry?

11 Have you ever discarded food, only to retrieve and eat it later?

12 Do you eat in secret?

13 Do you fast or severely restrict your food intake?

14 Have you ever stolen other people's food?

15 Have you ever hidden food to make sure you have "enough"?

16 Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?

17 Do you obsessively calculate the calories you've burned against the calories you've eaten?

18 Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you've eaten?

19 Are you waiting for your life to begin "when you lose the weight?"

20 Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then you may be a food addict.

You are not alone. FA offers hope with a real solution to food addiction. Visit the Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous website at

    PRESS CONTACT: Kris McClelland

SOURCE Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
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