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When Abnormality Becomes Normality

By May 25, 2024No Comments


“The normal becomes abnormal when the abnormal is allowed to become normal”

Dr. Joe Abah


It’s no measure of health to be well to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Jiddu Krihnamurti


Reflecting on these quotes, one might consider the growing normalization of unhealthy behaviours and mindsets in our society.

The relentless pace of modern life, combined with mounting stress and pressure, increasingly takes a toll on our mental health and well-being. Despite frequent discussions about mental health, genuine practice and reflection on these issues often remain neglected.


As we neglect introspection and personal growth, we become more susceptible to external influences and culture messages. This gradual shift is a key why abnormalities have become normalised.

This trend is particularly troubling in the context of Eating Distress/Eating Disorders (ED). Extreme dieting, the promotion of unhealthy body image, and the obsession with weight loss and looking firm and toned are pervasive.

In some circles, even unhealthy bodies are celebrated.

Behaviour associated with ED are becoming normalised and admired more and more as dedication or pushing one’s limits. This normalisation makes seeking help and Recovery challenging, as hardship is often glamorised over the effort required to achieve true wellness and Freedom from mental conditions.


The media plays a significant role in this glamorising and promoting the hardships of ED rather than Recovery and Freedom from these mental conditions generally.

People can become “chronic recoveries”, where their identity is tied to their suffering. They desire Freedom, but take no actionable steps, only discussing the difficulties of their situation.


It is very disheartening to witness so many unwell individuals in our society. Addressing mental health conditions is complex, but we must start by asking what can be done and where to begin. Although it often may be politically incorrect to ask these questions, but these questions are crucial.


Martha Graham once said, “The body never lies, it says what words cannot.”

This powerful quote reminds us that our bodies express more than we often realise. These days, we can see a lot of human pain and discomfort expressed through our bodies.

This powerful quote reminds us that our bodies express more than we often realise. And these days we can see a lot of human pain expressed through in bodies.

You can notice it when people running on the streets, in the gyms, and many other places. Our physical actions and the state of our bodies often reflect deeper emotional and psychological struggles, highlighting the profound connection between mind and body. Whether through the strain of a long run, the intensity of a workout, or the weariness in our daily movements.

Our bodies tell stories of resilience, stress and the search for relief.


The normalisation of abnormal ED behaviours and body image standards is a pervasive issue that must be addressed.

It is time to consider the legacy we are leaving for the next generation and to take steps towards promoting genuine health and well-being.


Time to remember:


Your body wants to be happy, looked after, cared for and listened to…

Our bodies are instruments, not ornaments.