Food is sometimes like a drug that you cannot get enough of. The most of us have favorite food that we can eat every single and not be bored. It must have something to do with the way our parents have raised us. If you are from South or Central America, rice and beans is something you have learned to eat. I have met some people who would eat at McDonald's or Kentucky Fried Chicken and really love it. However, they actually don't call that eating but snacking. Real food to them is eating the good old rice and beans.
If you were to move to the old continent of Europe, you will know that the Italians only swear by their pastas. They would eat it for starters, main course, and dessert. It sounds almost unreal but it is very true. They've exported their love of food to the most extreme parts of the world.
If you've ever had contact with anyone from the Republic of Congo, you will have noticed that they love a meal that is called Pondu. It is a vegetable mixed with either meat or fish. This is a national dish that every invited guest will expect to eat.
Anyway, food is everywhere and no matter where you come from, you will have your favorite food that you really like and can't get enough of. That is why the potential to fall into this mortal sin called gluttony is so easy. Maybe food is not just to feed us and keep us alive, but also to put us to the test. Why would you come up with such an idea? Well, if God created such a variety of food why is it then a sin to indulge in eating? At what point do you decide that someone is a glutton? The fact that a person is overweight or to put it differently, that a person is obese does not constitute gluttony. We live in a world obsessed with "size zero". This has led to people having a distorted view of what the appropriate weight should be. This is a fact but does it mean we cannot determine if a person is a glutton? NO!
Here is a definition from Wikipedia about gluttony: Gluttony, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste.
According to this definition, gluttony is a mortal sin due to excess and waste. I sometimes wonder if you can still be a glutton if you are addicted to food. That is to say you constantly think about eating but you are skinny. Some people are gluttons but are not obese or overweight. Food is like anything in life; it should be consumed with moderation. The lack of control can have far-reaching consequences. You could easily eat yourself to death. That would also constitute a mortal sin because you would have wasted your life. Those in the know will tell you that the bible condemns over-eating and those who do not desist from the act will not inherit God's kingdom. The list is quite comprehensive as it also includes, fornicators, adulterers, drunkards, etc. You might wonder who will inherit God's kingdom. Very few indeed!
That is not to say that obese people will not inherit Gods' kingdom, it just means that that gluttony is considered a mortal sin. Some have defended the obese by saying it is an illness. Is that really true? Do you really think that all those who are fat are ill? There are those who are fat due to illness. However, the majority of those who are in that state just love to eat too much. The problem is not even about eating too much, it is about eating and not exercising enough. How many obese persons do you know who go to the gym at least 3 times a week? I am sure there are none. If you work out frequently, this will allow you to indulge in your favorite past time without putting on that extra kilo.
There is no miracle to this. The more you eat the fatter you will become. I have yet to see anyone put on weight just by breathing. It also beckons the question, why do so many obese people lack the needed motivation to lose weight or at least eat less? The problem is not that most lack motivation, they mostly lack discipline. A lot of people have tried dieting through Slim Fast, Atkins diet or any other diet out there. They lose the weight but put it back after a while. Where does the problem lie? It lies in the fact that most people are doing it the wrong way. You put on weight because you have an unhealthy lifestyle. It is not just about food, it is about everything that surrounds you. It could be stress related. It could be that you enjoy spending hours staring at the TV. It could be that you have a sedentary job. If you are thinking of using any of the diet available in the market, you need to also combine that with a change of attitude and lifestyle. Changing your lifestyle implies discipline. Changing the habit of a lifetime can be tough but the results are well worth the effort. That is the only way you will achieve success.
Gluttony is like any other human addiction. If it is potentially destructive, you should want to stay away. The problem with food is that it is not against the law of God. That is what makes it so difficult. Moderation is a constant struggle when it comes to food. How many times have eating too much just for the sake of it? Some people overeat because there is enough food on the table. They can't bear the thought of not finishing their meal. The change must come from the mind and not the stomach.