Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-HOW is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope are recovering from compulsive eating. They welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.
CEA-HOW is not a diet club.
They are a group of compulsive eaters from all walks of life who have found a spiritual solution to their problem in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of CEA-HOW, and are, in turn, sharing that solution with others.
CEA – HOW offers recovery from physical, emotional and spiritual disease. They have learned through their experience that weighing and measuring from their diverse food plan allows them to live happily, joyfully, and freely. Their pamphlet, Weighing & Measuring from a Food Plan, explains HOW this works.
HOW started in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. It involved the coming together of two people, Fred S. and Helaine, who decided there was a need for structure and discipline in recovery from food addiction. After appearing on the front page of the society section of the Arizona Gazette, the program expanded over time to Indiana, New York, Illinois and in 1984 to Southern California. It also expanded to Florida, New Jersey, Michigan and points North and West and also internationally. The Intergroup office was opened on November 1, 1987 in Santa Fe Springs, California.
In 1996 the HOW Concept meetings separated from the older fellowship and formally incorporated as Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – The HOW Concept. In 1998, they incorporated as Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW (CEA-HOW), a world-wide association to carry the message of recovery from compulsive eating through a structured and disciplined approach to the 12 Steps.
It is important to note that all CEA-HOW groups are sugar and flour abstinent and committed to weighing and measuring their food. With the formation of Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-HOW, Inc., the idea conceived by Father Dowling in the early 1960s reached fruition in a program based on a spiritual leap preceded by abstinence from the addictive substances (i.e. sugar and flour and quantity).
CEA has a search engine for face to face meetings using city, state and country or zip or your current location. They also have telephone and Zoom meetings.