Gluttony is the inability to resist one's appetite. According to the Bible, gluttony is a sin. In addition, according to Roman Catholic theology, gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Today, it is most associated with overeating, but in Medieval times, drunkenness was considered a prominent form of gluttony (this might explain why the punishment for gluttons in Dante's Inferno is eternal rain).
In modern times, the categorisation of alcohol abuse as gluttony could also be extended to encompass addiction to drugs as well. Gluttony is the primary cause for the obesity crisis in America.
Atheism and gluttony
Atheists engage in denialism concerning the existence of sin and indicate that sin does not exist. For example, the atheist PZ Myers, who has possesses excess body weight (see: Atheism and obesity), denies the validity of the concept of original sin.
Gallup Poll on the health habits of the very religious, moderately religious and non-religious
According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."
Studies on religion and self-control
In the journal article Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: Associations, explanations, and implications, psychologists McCullough and Willoughby theorize that many of the positive links of religiousness with health and social behavior may be caused by religion's beneficial influences on self-control/self-regulation.[4
] Furthermore, a 2012 Queen's University study published in Psychological Science found that religion replenishes self-control. Also, numerous studies indicate that those who engage in regular spiritual practices have lower mortality rates.  See also: Atheism and hedonism
By ryan andrews
July 21, 2010
People around the world devote their entire lives to a spiritual doctrine, and major faiths generally suggest their adherents avoid immoderation. Yet based on current consumption trends in developed nations, it appears most people dont believe eating too much is a crime against anyone or anything.
What is gluttony?Gluttony is the excessive consumption that deprives another being of a life-giving necessity. Gluttons devour more, leaving others with less. This goes beyond food quantity and includes the consumption of costly foods for the purpose of conspicuous consumption
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/features/22316-is-gluttony-destroying-the-world#fv9ZtluvlgRdEJFP.99
Whatever people say the cause of obesity is, I strongly believe it has more to do with the consumption of wheat and grains than it does with over eating. I never used to overindulge but was overweight. I lost the weight as soon as I cut these foods out of my diet...and they are very readily available.
Other reason I lost weight was simply cause I ate less and because of my belief in Jesus, fasting and self denial is a very important part of my life. This could also be a reason why obesity is more common in atheists perhaps. In other words, Jesus keeps me in line when it comes to over indulgance of food or sex which seems to be points that are very important in our walk with Jesus.
1 Corinthians 6:1818 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Ephesians 5:5For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things
Materialsim is also gluttony and greed
Materialism - Definitions & DoctrinesMaterialism can refer either to the simple preoccupation with the material world, as opposed to intellectual or spiritual concepts, or to the theory that physical matter is all there is. This theory is far more than a simple focus on material possessions. It states that everything in the universe is matter, without any true spiritual or intellectual existence. Materialism can also refer to a doctrine that material success and progress are the highest values in life. This doctrine appears to be prevalent in western society today. Materialism can also refer to the term, Cultural Materialism.
- See more at: http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/Materialism.htm#sthash.aMUtZWfq.dpuf
The definition of character is not how much you have but how much you give. Let's work on our characters and stop with over-consumption.
By Rijamekee Veii