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Food for Thought! Of Food, Feasting, Fasting, Fullness and Fat

In attending a Christian and Bible based food and weight control program called Weigh Down, I had to address the subject of gluttony. I have often jokingly remarked at church dinners, "Guttony ceased with the Apostolic age," or "Paul said to buffet (as in food-buffet) our bodies." All joking aside now, what is gluttony! If a person is "over weight" does it mean that he is a glutton? Is all obesity the result of gluttony?

First of all, we must be careful that we do not define gluttony as enjoying food and merely eating a lot. Secondly we should not assume that because someone is over weight that they are gluttons. How much is "over weight"! How much is "over eating"! How much can a person weigh and be a Christian! If it is a sin to be over weight or to over eat, then it would not be just a matter of personal self-discipline but church discipline for anyone judged to be over weight or to over eat.