«Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things» (Philippians 3: 19, NRSV).
Apostle Paul warns the Philippians not to accept the sermons or the example of the enemies of Jesus. He generally describes these people of reprehensible behavior: their glory r is in their shame, their minds are set on earthly things, and their end is destruction. This is equally special: their god is the belly. Paul uses the Greek word koilia, which means «belly» and its verbal form means to be given up to the pleasures of the palate and to gluttony.
People who suffer from food addiction have difficulties in quitting the habit, and they need external help—both professional support and divine mercy. We live in difficult times due to the abundant accessibility to processed and concentrated food in many places of the world. This accentuates the danger of this type of addiction. I (J) have just read a virtual forum of food addicts and these are some of the declarations of its users: «I spend my weekend thinking about what else I could eat;» «What difficulty it is to stop myself in time when I eat!» «Sugar dominates me;» «I’ve just eaten a I hu feet e bag of potato chips, I feel horrible;» «I keep telling myself I’ll stop eating when full, but I can’t. I hate myself and I don’t know what to do;» «I write on the Internet to get this off my chest so I don’t have to admit my addiction in front of my friends;» «Fast-food is ruining my life, I think about it all day long, I long for it, and when I don’t have it, I feel desperate. I’m throwing my money and my health away and I can’t manage to free myself of this vice;» «I’m addicted; I’m fed up with eating when I’m bored, alone, sad, angry, or happy. . . I constantly eat even when I’m not hungry.»
The tone of these notes is very sad and heartbreaking which is normal given the seriousness of the problem. But the believer relies on signs of hope, clinging on certain divine promises such as this, «This I recall to my mind; therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness» (Lam. 3:21-23). Some cases of food addiction require professional intervention and others do not. But in all cases, the first step is to reach out to the Lord Jesus in prayer and to continue with the next steps to free ourselves from this and other kinds of addiction.