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KARACHI – Pakistani popular TV stars Urwa and Mawra Hocane are facing backlash after giving a ‘problematic’ statement regarding mental health issues during a morning show appearance at the national TV channel.

The Hocane sisters latest interview clip has been making rounds all over Twitter, where the two can be seen discussing the nutrition, food and how it impacts a person’s mental health.

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Here is the interview clip:

The statement, however, did not go well with netizens who called the two out over their apprenticed views in a 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 further added that “These days there are so many problems about depression, mental disease, it’s all because of food. There is no other reason.” Mawra seconded her sister saying: “It’s what you put in your body.”

Pakistan’s denial of mental illness

The comments by Hocane sisters gained attention on social media with many calling them out:

Mawra Hocane has responded to the viral video clip and had posted thoughts on her Instagram handle in order to clear the air:

 

Only consuming junk food can not be a reason for mental health issues. Is it a justfying statement? 

Whereas, depression (mental health disorder) is usually an outcome of social, psychological and physical factors. 

 According to the World Health Organization, the outgrowth of mental health problems has reached a dangerous level worldwide. 

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