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QUESTION

In this  week  during  a online  meeting  we received a visit  from a  social  scientist and  he  Requested permission to  perform a search on the socio-anthropological compulsive overeaters anonymous, with the commitment to maintain the anonymity of the members of OA. The research will consist of participation in online meetings and possibly in private interviews that will perform with members, including members in service, if they consented. The goal is to verify the social relations between people and OA    in order to understand the sociological impact and individual members  , thus enabling mutual aid and leading the subject toward healing

ANSWER

Thanks for your concern about this situation.  I believe this is out of harmony with the Traditions of OA.

Traditions 6 and 10 suggest that we need to focus on our primary purpose and avoid endorsement of outside issues.  While this may look  promising at first glance experience has show us that this may distract from our primary purpose and once we open the door problems may arise.  We do not want to imply endorsement of this study by Overeaters Anonymous.
Overeaters Anonymous is not making a comment on this or any other study and any OA member may choose to participate in any study they wish.  But we suggest that they not hold themselves out as members of this fellowship as it would be contra to Tradition 11, which says “we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication”.

Thanks again for your interest in what is best for OA as a whole.

  Gratefully abstinent,
stephanie

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