I've been reading Made to Crave, which a a great book that addresses the emotional and spiritual component of over eating. I'll write a more detailed review of the book when I'm finished with it, but I want to share a quote from the book.
"Food can fill our stomachs but never our souls,
Possessions can fill our houses but never our hearts,
Sex can fill our nights but never our hunger for love.
Children can fill our days but never our identities."
The main point of the book is that we find true joy and satisfaction in God alone. I finally got some time to listen an excellent sermon on gluttony that was recently preached at my church. Hear is the link, if you'd like to watch it: Where do you find your satisfaction? One point that our pastor made that really stuck a cord with me was this:
Does my over indulgence mean that someone else starves?
Oh that pinged my heart. I've seen severe poverty, I've lost a child in Ethiopia, partially due to malnourishment. How much money each week do we spend on food that we don't really need? How much of that money be given to buy food for someone else who doesn't know where their next meal is coming from?