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Loneliness is More Deadly than Obesity

LONELINESS is more DEADLY than KBESITY 1.5 DEATH RATIO 1.0 1.18 MORTALITY RATES MORTALITY RATES for MORTALITY RATES for MORTALITY RATES for LONELY PEOPLE OBESE PEOPLE The lonely are.50% more likely to die than the unlonely NORMAL WEIGHT & NOT LONELY "Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 30) The obese (BMI > 30) are 18% more likely to die than people of normal weight And it's getting worse... PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS WHO REPORTED BEING LONELY In the 1980s TODAY FORTY TWENTY DEADLY EFFECTS OF LONELINESS "Being lonely isn't bad for you, People with the highest amount of loneliness were 2x more likely to die compared to lowest amount of loneliness. but staying lonely is." John Cacioppo. Sociai Reuroscientist, University of Chicago tO BY SẢ 3.0 by Scni LONELY OLDER ADULTS were more liely to have a.. UNLONELY OLDER ADULTS DECLINE IN DAILY LIVING ACTIVITIES D LONELY OLDER ADULTS Unlonely older adults are 50% less likely to have this problem. 24.8% 12.5% DECLINE IN ABILITY TO CLIMB STAIRS Unlonely older adults are 31% less likely to have this problem 40.8% 27.9% DECLINE IN ABILITY TO WALK & JOG Unlonely older adults are 18% less likely to have this problem 38.1% 29.4% BREAST CANCER SOCIALLY ISOLATED WOMEN HAVE A 66% GREATER RISK OF DEATH SOCIALLY CONNECTED WOMEN ill Explanations for increased death rate LONELY ADULTS WERE MORE LİKELY TO. indulge in have sleeping disorders self-destructive behaviors not have secure support support from others have lowered immune and cardiovascular systems have increased Loneliness has a complex definition that differs for everyone feelings of stress the psychological embodiment of our perceived discrepancy between desired levels of social interaction FRIENDS: Desired amount / number of friends Actual number of friends 2 types of social interaction QUANTITY QUALITY VERSUS Experts say it's not the quantity of social relationships but the quality that really matters. 303 1.Ac Number of total social contacts 1. ACQUAINTANCES "We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness." Average number of Facebook friends: Albert Schweitzer, 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner CC BY-SA 3.0 DE by Rolf Unterberg 2. Number of quality relationships . CONFIDANTS HERE'S AMERICA'S PROBLEM 1985 2004 2.94 2.08 "Some of the most profound loneliness can happen when other people are present. average number of confidants average number of confidants Harry Reis, Professor of Psychology at 10% claimed 0 confidants 25% claimed 0 confidants the University of Rochester Photo via More studies are needed to find out why Americans are losing confidants Current Hypotheses • More willing to move away from home for a job • Studies have shown that the degree of loneliness in new surroundings reflects the number of miles from home AMERICA BECAME A MORE TRANSIENT SOCIETYI ENTERTAINMENT • People have more entertainment tools such as TVs, computers, mobile devices, so they can stay home and tune out. THE "INTERNET PARADOX "The [more] face-to-face interactions, the less lonely you are, the (more] online interactions, the John Cacioppo, Social Neuroscientist, University of Chicago CC BY-SA 3.0 by Scni lonelier you are." contradiction of increased connection to humans and a lack of human contact FACEBOOK Studies show that the more presented by: people used Facebook the worse they felt. TOPCOUNSELINGSCHOOLS.ORG Sources: jama DEVELOPED BY N NOWSOURCING (0

Loneliness is More Deadly than Obesity

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Believe it or not, but being lonely is more deadly than being obese. This infographic takes a look at why this is the case.


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