Members of CEA HOW come from all walks of life and from all over the world. We include compulsive overeaters, food addicts, anorexics and bulimics, to name a few. Some of us had hundreds of pounds to lose, and some just a few. Others needed to gain weight. Some of us had surgery, lost the weight, and were in the process of gaining it again. Some of us were just obsessed with food. No matter what our reason for coming in the door, we all came to realize that we were powerless over food. It controlled us and made our lives unmanageable.