Pakistani actor Mawra Hocane, who also made a foray in Bollywood with a film titled Sanam Teri Kasam in 2016, has put the social media on fire with her recent statements on mental illness. She, along with her sister Urwa Hocane, appeared on Pakistan’s morning show where they talked about the importance of eating right and causes of mental illness. While encouraging people to have a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress-free living, the sisters said something that didn’t go down well with many people on social media. The Hocane-sisters said that ‘food’ is the ‘only’ reason behind depression in human beings. Also Read - 'Emotional Distress, Panic & Anxiety': What 21 Days of Nationwide Lockdown Would Bring
Mawra said, “These days there are so many problems about depression, mental disease, it’s all because of food. There is no other reason.” Now, people on the internet have schooled the actor over her ignorant comment on mental illness. Many have taken to Twitter to tell Mawra that having unhealthy food is not the ‘only’ reason behind depression and anxiety which is triggered by many other things and sometimes, due to a combination of various factors. Trauma, life history, genetics, lack of sleep, abuse, a set type of medication, substance abuse, personal loss, and serious illness are a few among other reasons that are known to trigger anxiety or depression in a person. Having an unhealthy diet adds up to the stigma in a major way. This is something that people tweeted about while addressing the entire Mawra-mental illness controversy on Twitter. Check out these tweets: Also Read - Obese Kids More Exposed to Anxiety And Depression - Read The Report
It’s however interesting to see that Mawra doesn’t believe in all these facts. She took to her Twitter to make a tweet that seemed like a jibe on people criticising her for her statement. She shared a tweet by popular author Paulo Coelho:
Later, she took to her Instagram stories to share a few screenshots explaining how food is one of the reasons that makes the person suffer depression. What she failed to realise is that food is just one of the many aspects and not the ‘only’ reason. Check these:
Screenshots of Mawra Hocane Instagram stories (Photo Courtesy: Instagram/ @mawrellous)
While Mawra is defending her stance on the matter, her sister Urwa has chosen to remain silent.