Are you in the habit of eating late at night and going to bed less than two or three hours after eating?
Do you toss and turn throughout the night and feel tired in the morning? When its breakfast time, do you find yourself without an appetite?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions you may want to consider the counsel in Proverbs 23:2, "And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite."
Now its not saying that you literally put a knife to your throat, but it is saying that you need to get control over your appetite. If you are over-eating, eating between meals and late at night your health may be in serious trouble.
Late night eating has been associated with depression, low self-esteem, reduced daytime hunger, and less weight loss in obese people or those trying to lose weight. It has also been found to cause many health problems that lead to an early death.
"For persons of sedentary habits, late suppers are particularly harmful. With them the disturbance created is often the beginning of disease that ends in death." CD 173
"Many indulge in the pernicious habit of eating just before sleeping hours. They may have taken three regular meals; yet because they feel a sense of faintness, as though hungry, will eat a lunch or fourth meal. By indulging this wrong practice, it has become a habit, and they feel as though they could not sleep without taking a lunch before retiring. In many cases, the cause of this faintness is because the digestive organs have been already too severely taxed through the day in disposing of unwholesome food forced upon the stomach too frequently, and in too great quantities. The digestive organs thus taxed become weary, and need a period of entire rest from labor to recover their exhausted energies. A second meal should never be eaten until the stomach has had time to rest from the labor of digesting the preceding meal. If a third meal be eaten at all, it should be light, and several hours before going to bed.
But with many, the poor, tired stomach may complain of weariness in vain. More food is forced upon it, which sets the digestive organs in motion, again to perform the same round of labor through the sleeping hours. The sleep of such is generally disturbed with unpleasant dreams, and in the morning they awake un-refreshed. There is a sense of languor and loss of appetite. A lack of energy is felt through the entire system. In a short time the digestive organs are worn out, for they have had no time to rest. These become miserable dyspeptics (irritable from indigestion), and wonder what has made them so. The cause has brought the sure result. If this practice be indulged in a great length of time, the health will become seriously impaired.The blood becomes impure, the complexion sallow, and eruptions will frequently appear. You will often hear complaints from such, of frequent pains and soreness in the region of the stomach, and while performing labor, the stomach becomes so tired that they are obliged to desist from work, and rest. They seem to be at a loss to account for this state of things; for, setting this aside, they are apparently healthy." CD 174-175