Todd refers to the song's lyrical protagonist as holding back a beast. He explained to Heavy Metal Artwork
: "As a youth it was always confusing to me: if something feels good, why not overdo it? I just didn't understand anything but that. I work very hard on a daily basis to manage my obsessive compulsive behavior and that's what 'Gluttony' is about."
"We have all these things that take us out of who we really are at the core, like drugs and alcohol, and sex, and sugar, and caffeine, and it changes us and sometimes it's a lot of fun, and you just want to keep doing it," Todd added. "The problem is of course stopping."