The results revealed that men developed obesity by 45 percent and had a 64 percent chance of developing a metabolic syndrome. On the other hand, women were 29 percent likely to develop a metabolic syndrome if they ate two or more meals alone daily. Because a growing number of people live alone in this day and age, researchers wanted to understand how loneliness leads people to make unhealthy choices when it comes to food.
The research is even more alarming when compounded with previous findings that loneliness caused by activities like eating alone amongst older adults has psychological and physical effects. In fact, actual and perceived social isolation are both associated with early mortality.
Feeling alone or isolated can cause someone to turn to junk food instead of a healthy meal, previous research has indicated. This therefore causes many to develop prediabetes, high blood pressure and various other health issues.