Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds

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Scientists found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely

Ian Sample in Chicago theguardian.com,   Sunday 16 February 2014 10.32 EST

An elderly woman looking out of her front room window
The findings point to a pending crisis in the UK as the population ages and people increasingly live alone or far from their families. Photograph: Paul Doyle/Alamy

Loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity, according to researchers who found that feelings of isolation can have a devastating impact on older people.

The scientists tracked more than 2,000 people aged 50 and over and found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during the six-year study than the least lonely.

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