Yesterday Wendy published a 2-line poem titled “when normal isn’t normal”.
i suffer from mental health
is there something wrong with me
You may or may not identify with this. Yes, being fat can influence this. There have been studies trying to determine if obesity is a mental illness (it’s not). Being fat in a fat-phobic society is stressful. Fat people have higher rates of depression (and I note the Health At Every Size study found HAES participants had less depression and improved self-esteem — hopefully fat acceptance can have a similar effect.)
We are told that stress is a big deal, that we should reduce it, we’re alienated, that we’re all going crazy. I could understand that as a basis for feeling that “mental health” is abnormal.
I’ve also experienced times when feeling “normal” wasn’t anywhere near normal. My mother’s death was one example. I don’t wish those times on anyone.
I don’t know what led Wendy to write those lines, but it definitely gave me food for thought.
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