Membership Survey and Statistics
What we know about members of the FA fellowship
The most recent survey of the FA fellowship was conducted from May 24 through September 19, 2016. FA members from 26 countries participated in the survey including, in the US, 46 states, D. C., and 2 territories.
4,238 members total took part in this survey.
- 75% Caucasian or White
- 13% African American or Black
- 3% Latino or Hispanic
- 8% Distributed over other categories including: Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, First Nations, Bi-racial, Multi-racial, Indigenous Australian, South Asian, Mediterranean.
- 88% Female
- 11% Male
- 1% Other
- 62% of respondents were 54 and older.
- The age bracket with the highest response rate was 54-64, with 65 and over the next highest.
- About 5% of respondents were under 35.
Range of abstinence
85% of those taking survey were currently abstinent from addictive eating.
- 22% Less than 12 months
- 18% 1 to less than 3 years
- 13% 3 to less than 5 years
- 11% 5 to less than 7 years
- 10% 7 to less than 9 years
- 8% 9 to less than 11 years
- 5% 11 to less than 13 years
- 4% 13 to less than 15 years
- 7% 15 years or more
- 2% no answer
Mean = 5.6 Years / Median = 4.0 Years
How did people find out about FA?
- 65% of those surveyed found us by hearing about the program from a friend, family member or co-worker.
- 14% found us through another twelve-step program.
- 8% found us through a health care provider.
- 6% found us through the Internet (and if we look at the people who have been in FA for a year or less, this jumps to 12%, so we are seeing an upward trend of people finding us on the Internet).
Some of the issues FA successfully addressed include:
- Emotional Eating
- Yo-yo dieting
- Bulimia / Vomiting
- Compulsive Dieting
- Restrict Food Intake
- Being Overweight
- Body Image Obsession
- Laxative Abuse
- Eating in Secret
For many respondents, weight reduction was one of the benefits of FA recovery.
- 92% reported weight loss from the time they joined FA
- 85% reported a weight loss of 20 lbs / 9 kg or more
- 52% reported a weight loss of 50 lbs / 23 kg or more
- 16% reported a weight loss of 100 lbs / 45 kg or more
Of those reporting they had weight to lose or gain, 40% reported currently being at their goal. Of these...
- 83% had maintained that weight for over one year
- 64% had maintained that weight for over three years
Survey Respondents Reporting Health Improvements
- 98% Mental Health Issues (n=3862)
- 92% Cardiovascular/Circulatory Problems (n=2917)
- 91% Gastrointestinal/Liver Problems (n=2593)
- 90% Respiratory problems (n=1513)
- 88% Musculoskeletal Problems (n=3230)
- 88% Foot Problems (n=949)
- 82% Sleep-Related Problems (n=2978)
- 82% Headaches/Migraines (n=1339)
- 63% Urological Problems (n=1227)
Of those who had previous health problems, 46% reported that they had a health issue that had completely resolved in their time in FA. The most common categories for this were endocrine, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular.
- 93% reported improvements (n=1062)
- 48% reported their symptoms resolved (n=1062)
Type 2 Diabetes
- 94% reported improvements (n=630)
- 40% reported their symptoms resolved (n=630)
Members were asked if they were able to reduce or discontinue medications with the help of their physicians, due to no longer needing them. “Yes” responses included:
- 32% for hypertension
- 27% for depression
- 20% for cholesterol
- 18% for anxiety
- 13% for sleep
- 13% oral medication for diabetes
- 5% insulin for diabetes
Long term members’ daily use of FA Tools
- 99% eating abstinently
- 87% Reading the 24 Hours a Day book
- 86% 30 minutes of quiet time
- 78% Reading the AA Big Book
- 67% 3 phone conversations with FA members
- 42% Writing
Quality of Life Benefits
- 93% are more hopeful about their weight
- 88% report a better spiritual life
- 83% remained abstinent through difficulties such as job loss or illness
- Over 80% have more fulfilling relationships, more stability and/or better stress management
- 71% reduced other addictive behaviors
- Over 50% have healthier exercise habits and/or better overall hygiene
- 2016 FA Membership Survey Highlights
- 2016 FA Membership Survey: Results at a Glance
- 2011 Food Addicts Survey Information
- 2009 Food Addicts Census Information
- 2008 Food Addicts Census
- 92% of survey respondenta reported weight loss
- 98% reported improvement in Mental Health
- 94% of those with Type 2 Diabetes reported improvement