The perils of being lonely
Loneliness could be far worse for your health than obesity, and may even shorten your life. That’s the conclusion of American scientists who reviewed 218 studies into the impact of loneliness and social isolation, covering almost 3.5 million people. The data showed that the risk of premature death was 50% lower for those with “good social connections” than for the lonely, reported The Daily Telegraph. By comparison, obesity raises the risk of early death by 30%. “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need, crucial to both well-being and survival,” said the report’s lead author, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, of Brigham Young University, Utah. A recent study found that 18% of UK adults feel lonely often or always.