Why? With the constant need for social recognition and attention, this generation will do anything to get another like or another radical response (negative or positive).
Let us start with Gluten. K — calm down. Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease are legitimate health issues that some people unfortunately have the pleasure of facing. There are a vast array of physical and mental repercussions these individuals are constantly battling from even a whiff of the tiniest crumb. I would know- because 4 years ago I was diagnosed.
Now of course since I am “one of those people” I would be standing up for the legitimacy of the disease/ intolerance. You have to know there is a spectrum of ability to consume- some people get foggy in the mind, others are stuck in the bathroom for an eternity slowly dying, and many people get ulcers both inside and outside of their bodies. I won’t go into the specifics on the reactions, but they are not pretty.
So- there are 3 kinds of people —
1.There are the actual disease sufferers- whom are scared and anxiously anticipating every meal, wondering when they will accidentally ingest something that will cause catastrophic damage to their bodies.. I’m talking blood leaking from unspoken orifices.
2. There are the ones who are diagnosed, but sneak a treat here and there. YOU ARE WRECKING THIS FOR EVERYONE, STOP IT! But really, you are welcome to live your life as you like, and society as a whole has to understand that there are variations to the disease. You are not the problem, lack of community education on the matter is the problem.
3. There are those who boycott gluten for the sake of it’s “health benefits”. This is your disillusion. There are not health benefits to avoiding gluten entirely. Yes, cutting carbohydrates is beneficial to trimming up your body, but you can incur damage to your intestines and digestive system by avoiding gluten, essentially giving yourself an intolerance. You are a fad dieter.
By associating gluten intolerant people with the fad dieters, our society no longer considers the legitimacy of the disease but rather there is mockery and disbelief- even to the extent of malicious intended acts carried out in order to disprove the diagnosis. Disgusting.
So why am I discussing the factuality of gluten intolerance in a blog post about hypochondriacs? Well, have you noticed that basically everyone and their dog have a gluten intolerance now? Yes, it is a health concern more appropriate to our generation of gluttonous people, but just because you ate a gigantic bowl of pasta and crop dusted a room after, DOES NOT mean you have an allergy. Thank you.
Has anyone else also noticed lately, the vast array of people broadcasting their apparent anxiety and depression issues? Please stop. Don’t post this to victimize yourself and drown those who actually suffer. If you do suffer from anxiety or depression, I urge you to reach out to a medical professional or a close friend or family member. Mental health is a serious issue that is often overlooked and often under prioritized. But please do not create an “anxiety fad”.. if you have anxiety, you would know and would be more than opposed to posting such on social media for more attention.
*Understandably, individuals respond to their situations in their own way and social media postings may be the only way they feel they can reach out for help.
All I am saying is, don’t act like it is a challenge you face when in actuality it isn’t. You are further hurting those who are already suffering, and like I said, you are drowning them by lessening the severity of social perception on mental health.