AEA Meetings

An Addictive Eaters Anonymous (AEA) meeting is where AEA members meet on a regular basis to share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addictive eating. An AEA meeting may take many different forms. Generally, you will find addictive eaters talking about their powerlessness over food and other substances and the unmanageability of their lives, what actions they have taken to help them find freedom from this, and how they are living their lives today. There is an emphasis on the solution, rather than the problem, with members focusing on carrying the message of sobriety to the addictive eater who still suffers, as this is the primary purpose of an AEA meeting.

In our experience, regular attendance at AEA meetings is essential for us to attain and maintain sobriety.

We offer both online and face-to-face meetings in New Zealand and Worldwide. For up-to-date information on AEA meetings, visit our meetings page.

is a worldwide Twelve Step fellowship based on Alcoholics Anonymous. AEA members have found recovery from binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, other forms of addictive eating and compulsive exercise. AEA is a design for living through which members find peace of mind and the ability to live a meaningful and productive life.

AEA is not a diet or weight loss organisation. AEA members follow a Twelve Step programme, based on that of Alcoholics Anonymous. Through working the Steps, members find a Higher Power and freedom from the obsession with food. Members share their experience with newcomers of how they have found sobriety. Sobriety in AEA is freedom from addictive eating and all mind-altering substances.

AEA is not affiliated with any other organisation. AEA meetings are open to anyone. There is no cost to attend.

Anyone with a desire to stop addictive eating can become an AEA member. Everyone is welcome in AEA, including family or friends of anyone who suffers from anorexia, bulimia, obesity, other forms of addictive eating and compulsive exercise. AEA also welcomes healthcare professionals and members of other Twelve Step recovery fellowships.