Being Single And Alone Could Be Deadlier Than Obesity, Study Says

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Life Style On 7th June 2018

According to a new study, loneliness is deadlier than obesity and should be considered a public health risk.


loneliness could be deadly

A new study says that loneliness and social isolation should be considered a major public health hazard, and could even be deadlier than obesity.


What are isolation and loneliness?

Loneliness is a feeling of sadness or distress about being by yourself or feeling disconnected from the world around you. It may be felt more over a long period of time. It is also possible to feel lonely, even when surrounded by people. Isolation is being separated from other people and your environment.


Loneliness cause illness and early death

Loneliness is not just an emotional state of mind, it actually triggers genetic changes which cause illness and early death. Now researchers have discovered that loneliness actually triggers physical responses in the body which make people sick.

John Capitanio, of the California National Primate Research Centre at the University of California, Davis said:

"Perceived social isolation is a risk factor for chronic illness and all-cause mortality but the molecular mechanisms remain ill understood.

In humans, loneliness involves an implicit hyper-vigilance for social threat."


Serious mental and physical conditions

Loneliness also can become a pervasive and chronic condition with serious mental and physical conditions that include

Social isolation


Substance abuse

Poor sleep and appetite

Suicidal thoughts and behavior

Impaired immune and cardiovascular functioning

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