Every Thursday starting in the fall of 1978, I had one thing on my mind: Mork and Mindy was on tonight! I often used television as an escape from a not very happy childhood, and the wild and unpredictable humor of Robin Williams was cathartic. When he started making movies, I did everything I could to see them all.
Robin Williams soon became one of the most-recognized comedians in the world, on par with the likes of Bill Cosby and George Carlin. He brought joy to millions with movies like Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. He also sought to raise morale for the military with dozens of USO excursions. What none of us knew was that Robin Williams’s ability to make us laugh was fueled by hiding behind humor to avoid his inner demons.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, over 170 million people in the world suffer from some form of depression. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates one in four adults in the US suffer from some form of mental illness. Mood disorders such as depression are the third-most-common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both children and 18-44 year old adults. One in 17 Americans live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
Robin Williams had been fighting bi-polar disorder for years. He masked his pain with the laughter of others. Many people who are bi-polar find ways to hide their suffering because they don’t want others to know they are hurting. Attitudes toward mental illness are getting better around the world, but we are a long way from removing the fear and stigma it carries. Continue reading
More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. Additionally, almost twice as many women as men who are not overweight think that they are. 25.3% of men and 47.9% of women defined as within their normal weight range think they weigh too much. Whether it’s actually needed or not, that equals a whole lot of people with weight concerns.
Sadly, even when we know better, changing for the better is hard. While millions of people run out each January determined that this will be the year they lose weight and get in better shape, most people quit the gym after 6 weeks.
Hard to break the obesity cycle