How Gluttony Became a Sin

How Gluttony Became a Sin


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You might be curious to know what gluttony, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, actually is. Considering there’s not much emphasis placed on it these days, I decided to do a little research myself.

A quick Google search provided me with a definition:

  1. habitual greed or excess in eating.
    synonyms: greed, greediness, overeating, gourmandism, gourmandizing, voracity,insatiability;

    “the gluttony you displayed last evening was reprehensible”

    A guy by the name of Evagrius Ponticus is credited for developing a list of eight sins in AD 375. Yep, there were originally eight. Then, along came Pope Gregory I (Pope Gregory the Great). He decided to combine a few and the list changed to seven. Now, you know.

    But gluttony isn’t just about eating or drinking anymore. Now it applies to all sorts of things you might do too much of in your day-to-day life.

    Let’s say, for example, that rather than eating too much, you purposely eat too little, to the point that you’re withering away. Could this be a form of gluttony?


    Or maybe you spend hours exercising but it’s not because you’re part of a sport. Or perhaps you play computer/video games most of the day/night.

    Too much of something is considered gluttonous. But why should you care?

    As it turns out, when we do too much of anything, it can have a negative affect on our body and mind. Another quick Google search yielded scientific article, after article, supporting this. (I’ll let you do your own research for this one.)

    The trick is to strike a balance. A little of this. A little of that. Nothing too extreme. Do you have to eat an entire chocolate bar to satisfy your sweet tooth? No, probably not. (Here’s a tip: Eating decent dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70% is good for your heart. And you won’t want to eat the entire bar.)

    Can you exercise three days per week and be healthy? Yes, you probably can.

    Do you have to spend hours doing homework every night? Yes, you probably do. (I was on a roll for a minute there. The amount of time spent on homework depends on your grade, but here’s an article supporting the idea that it should max out at 60 minutes/day. You’re welcome.)

    The point is that you need to develop healthy habits. Healthy habits = a more productive, happier life in the long run.

    Now go study.

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