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Addictive Eaters Anonymous

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Addictive Eaters Anonymous (AEA) 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.  Through working the Twelve Steps of AEA, members find peace of mind and the ability to live a meaningful and productive life.

Wherever you are, whatever your problem with food, AEA can help.


There are no dues or fees for membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

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Addictive Eaters Anonymous Group Meetings

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - other

Programme Type

Community based support - other, Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Eating disorders


All of New Zealand

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop addictive eating.

Click here to find a meeting near you. We also have online meetings via Zoom.


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 or other forms of addictive eating. AEA also welcomes healthcare professionals and members of other Twelve Step recovery fellowships.

Document Downloads

  • Are you an addictive eater? (PDF, 212.8 KB)
    15 questions to ask yourself to help you decide if you have a problem with food. If that is the case, AEA can help.

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Face to face / Kanohi ki te Kanohi


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This page was last updated at 10:14PM on May 12, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Addictive Eaters Anonymous.