Overeating involves the consumption of food more than one needs, and it can happen for many reasons. Eating food beyond what is actually required to sustain the human body may result in significant issues (Proverbs 23:20-21). The Bible warns the believer about gluttony, an excess in eating.
Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. – Proverbs 23:20-21
A reason why people overeat is because of too much focus on food. To illustrate this, let’s discuss the story of Esau (Genesis 25:29-34). Esau was a skilled hunter, and the Bible made us understand that Esau was successful in his profession. However, Esau’s extreme hunger and likeness for meat caused him to sell his birthright.
They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. – Psalm 78:18
Overeating may occur when there are constant thoughts about food, when the idea of food begins to take God’s place, and other daily activities that God has commanded. In Philippians 3:19, the Bible speaks about those whose God is their stomach. In emphasis, it means when a person’s appetite controls their lifestyle.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. – Romans 13:14
An individual who wants to eat everything and anything eatable may become addicted to food because of an uncontrollable desire. Just because one can eat and afford all kinds of food does not necessarily mean one should eat whatever crosses the eyes and arouses desire. Food is essential for sustenance, and when one begins to overeat outside what is necessary to sustain the body, and this becomes a pattern. Then gluttony is the case.
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