Suppose a mother is advising her son who eats too much; then which one of the following sentences would be correct:

  • Gluttony is harmful to one’s health.
  • Overeating is harmful to one’s health.

  • Don’t eat too much.
  • Don’t over eat.

For me all of the above sentences sound idiomatic and natural.


Gluttony, being one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is a severe form of overeating and is indeed harmful to one's health. Such people are referred to as gourmands.

One would usually advise against overeating before advising against gluttony.

In possible order of severity

eating too much
can't eat anymore

One can use the admonishments

Don’t eat too much.
Don’t over eat.


Overeating is harmful to one’s health.

People are not usually warned against the extreme gluttony.

The gluttony gourmand was a glutton for punishment.

  • Thank you @peter; just one more related question. Can you please tell me which one of the following sentences is more idiomatic and natural: "Don’t be so gluttonous" --- "Don’t be so overeater" --- "Don't overeat this much" --- Don't eat this much".
    – A-friend
    Jan 10 '16 at 13:01
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    The natural usage would be "Don't be so gluttonous!" which would be said to a friend or someone you are familiar with, as in "Stop eating you gluttonous pig!" (half kidding with a wink in your eye) and "Don't overeat so much!" Using this you would need an example to point to, as in Le Grande Bouffe, "Don't eat this much!" pointing to a picture from the movie. It should also not to be confused with the slang "don't eat this much" meaning "I don't have this to eat very often"
    – Peter
    Jan 10 '16 at 13:36

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