Loneliness kills- experts warn

Loneliness is deadly than obesity and should be considered a public health risk, experts have warned.

Those with bad social connections have a 50 percent increased risk of early death compared to those with good social connections, a review of studies on loneliness suggests.

They discovered that social isolation raised a person’s risk of death by half compared to obesity, which raised the risk of death by just 30 percent.

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, lead author and professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, said,

  • Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need, crucial to both well-being and survival.
  • Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die
  • Feeling lonely is thought to make people feel worse mentally and physically Those who are lonely tend to suffer worse symptoms when they are unwell than those who aren’t.
  • Indeed, many nations around the world now suggest we are facing a ‘loneliness epidemic.’
  • The challenge we face now is what can be done about it.

Let’s all take caution

Lisa Baakope

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