Pakistan’s famed sister duo Urwa and Mawra Hocane have earned the wrath of social media users after an ignorant statement regarding mental health.
A video of the sisters from an interview at a local channel has been making rounds on the internet where the two can be seen engrossed in discussion about nutrition, food and how it impacts a person’s mental health.
The statement, however, did not go well with netizens who called the two out over their apprenticed views in country already at odds with accepting mental health as a colossal issue.
“What you put into your body greatly determines your mental health as well,” says Urwa.
She adds in a rather condescending tone: “These days there are so many problems about depression, mental disease, it’s all because of food. There is no other reason.”
Mawra chimes in saying: “It’s what you put in your body.”
The comments sparked a turmoil on social media with many calling them out.
Urwa and Mawra's comments belittling mental health were problematic af but they are simply reflective of our general attitude.
As a general rule of thumb, it is never wise to talk about something authoritatively that you have not experienced yourself.
— Shehzad Ghias Shaikh (@Shehzad89) August 6, 2019
Watched the full Urwa/Mawra interview. It's still stupid.
You cannot go and say this stuff. Even if you're well-meaning and wanted to warn people about junk food and promote healthy eating.
Junk food is not what causes depression ffs.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) August 7, 2019
Height of ignorance. Depression and other mental illnesses have several causes, such as trauma, genetics, environmental triggers etc. What you eat is NOT the only thing that causes Depression. Urwa and Mawra, please do your research before saying such statements https://t.co/MS6w0Y0zGn
— Manal Faheem Khan (@ManalFaheemKhan) August 6, 2019
Psychologists and people studying psychology as their major after seeing urwa and mawra's talk about depression. #MawraHocane #UrwaHocane @MawraHocane @VJURWA #depression #mentalhealth pic.twitter.com/rbSAVE7J6c
— Marium (@_mariumkhan) August 6, 2019