What does "belly" mean in Philippians 3:19?

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Many translations of the Bible use the word “belly” in Philippians 3:19:

Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. (ESV)

The context of the passage doesn’t seem particularly focused on food intake, so I was a little surprised that Matthew Henry’s Method of Prayer connects this verse directly to eating:

Lord, grant that we may not feed ourselves without fear, Jude 1:12(KJV) that we may not make a god of our belly, Philippians 3:19(KJV)

Is the word “belly” here best interpreted specifically in the sense of overeating and gluttony? Or should it be viewed more generally, more along the lines of “desires of the flesh” or the like?

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