Several years ago . . . no, quite a few years ago now . . . I joined Overeaters Anonymous and lost a total of about 140 pounds, which tells you something about where I was to start! It is a program like Alcoholics Anonymous, with the same 12 steps and the same concept of approaching control over compulsive behavior one day at a time.
It's not so easy with compulsive overeating as with alcohol, since an alcoholic can always give up booze altogether, while we fatties cannot give up eating altogether, at least not for very long. So the focus is on having a plan for an abstinent diet every day, and eating no more than the plan. Since most of us know what is or is not good for us, and we can get nutritional information on the packaging of prepared foods, in cookbooks, and in pamphlets from fast-food restaurants, it's not about "diet tips," and that sort of thing. You get a sponsor, and you tell your sponsor your plan the night before or in the morning, and then you stick to it. It does involve going to meetings, however, which can be a problem for some people. One lady came to our meeting who weighed 450 lbs., and got real applause for having gotten out of bed, into the car, and to the meeting. She had to brace herself on a chair back to stand up, but she spoke to us of her struggle, and we were inspired.
Morbid obesity can kill. I wonder sometimes whether I am on a death trip lately. Well, one day at a time.