THE WORLD OF SINS


The Seven Sins - Gluttony

Many people believe that some things are apparently out of their control, including their appetite. Having denied personal responsibility towards their eating habits, most have indulged themselves with regard to food and drink without any restriction and blamed everything on genes or mental states.

Oh, pity the poor glutton
Whose troubles all begin
struggling on and on to turn
What's out into what's in.

- Walter de la Mare -

Many people believe that some things are apparently out of their control, including their appetite. Having denied personal responsibility towards their eating habits, most have indulged themselves with regard to food and drink without any restriction and blamed everything on genes or mental states. Although largely considered as socially unpleasant only, gluttony is actually a sin, and even one of the seven deadly sins of human.

So, what is gluttony? A glutton is understood as someone who habitually allows himself to consume food and drink beyond his natural needs. With an insatiable appetite, a glutton demonstrates an excessive greed for food and little self-control. Sometimes the scope of gluttony is expanded to cover other forms besides overeating, such as drinking, smoking, gambling or accumulating material things at a rate that well exceeds common normality. This sin is often associated with the color orange and pigs, those animals that would eat as long as food is in front of them. The consequences of gluttony can be clearly recognized in the increasing average body size of modern citizens. More and more people are getting overweight and the rate of obesity has been on a steady rise in recent decades, presenting a great public health problem. Each person should bear in mind that, an unbalanced diet and overconsumption of energy not only decrease one’s attractiveness, but also pose serious health problems that are very hard to cure, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and gallbladder disease, just to name a few.

As appetite comes with eating, the sin of gluttony damages us with our own guilt over it. With painful awareness of our excess consumption of calories and of the threat of getting fat, we start agonizing over our own eating. It is not hard to see many people today obsessed with issues of health and fitness, even to the point of injuring their own health. Girls start skipping meals and starving themselves in their teens to look thin; adults adopt extreme diets just to face serious malnutrition or gorge themselves back later, making things worse. That is not the way things should be because eating itself is not a sin, but a natural process. It is our lack of self-responsibility that turns it into a sin. If our eating habits are uncontrollable, so are the other habits, such as those of the mind (anger, lust…). Not only that, this will lead to a bad iniquity that we cannot keep our mouths from strife or gossip. Shouldn’t we let our appetites control us, but we ought to control over our appetites.

Some people are dying because they don’t have much to eat, but somebody are dying because they eat too much

- Unknown -

We are blessed when living in the earth with plenty of delicious and pleasurable food. But it doesn’t mean that we can eat with avidity. Everything has its limit and by eating food in appropriate quantities, we can save it for the others.

To combat gluttony, one should start embracing its opposing virtues of moderation and self-restraint. Start by having proper and reasonable meals at certain times while cutting down on "mood" snacks and junk foods. All in all, it is highly advised to determine just the right amount of food our bodies need and, most importantly, to remember that we eat for strength, not satiety.

@Kevin La