The per­ils of be­ing lonely

The Week Middle East - - News -

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.

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