A preacher’s son, Joe’s compulsive eating was born when he became an adult and renounced the religion of his upbringing. From then on, Joe says he was “running too the food or away from the food.”

At Joe’s first OA meeting, he was the only man in the room, but he heard the other members express food thoughts that were a lot like his own, and he felt a glimmer of hope seeing that they had overcome their food obsessions.