1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon RFA unity.

2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

3. The only requirement for RFA membership is a desire to stop eating sugar, flour, and wheat.

4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or RFA as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose- to carry its message to the food addict who still suffers.

6. An RFA group ought never endorse, finance, lend the RFA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every RFA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. Recovery from Food Addiction should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9. RFA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. Recovery from Food Addiction has no opinion on outside issues; hence the RFA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.



The Twelve Traditions are reprinted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Traditions does not mean that A.A. is in any way affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only- use of the Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, does not imply otherwise.