Lane Regional Medical Center is hosting Food Addicts Anonymous, a weekly support group to provide fellowship for men and women willing to recover from the disease of food addiction, a news release said.

The free, 12-step program support group will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 14 in the West Wing conference room at Lane RMC, 6300 Main St., Zachary. Meetings will be every Thursday in May, and all are welcome to attend.

Food Addicts Anonymous is an organization that believes food addiction is a biochemical disorder that occurs at a cellular level and, therefore, cannot be cured by willpower or by therapy alone.

Some food addicts are obese and have tried numerous methods for weight control, yet nothing has created a permanent solution, while other food addicts have never been obese and their physical weight has been controlled by extreme measures such as excessive exercise, bulimia or anorexia, the release said.

All of these symptoms become more severe with time and eventually lead to physical problems that can create an early death, the organization says.

The group is self-supporting, and there are no dues or fees required — only a desire to stop eating addictive foods. The group is not affiliated with any diet or weight-loss programs, treatment facilities or religious organizations.

Call (225) 715-9268.