Monday, 16 March 2015

Loneliness and Social Isolation Are Just as Much a Threat to Longevity as Obesity

Exclusion from the herd leads to Death in Nature. Same goes for Human Society.
Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they’ll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly. Now research from Brigham Young University shows that loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity.
“The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead study author. “We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously.”
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3 comments:

  1. Depends on what the person wants. Social relationships which are constantly critical or controlling can be equally damaging. I wonder how much research is done on the negative affects of social relationships in comparision to the positive affects. In my opinion the majority of social relationships remind me of parasite and host and thus very difficult to balance. If we consider our safety and health first we are classified as selfish, cold and uncaring whereas the reverse results in being open to attack and stripped clean by those who accuse us of being cold and uncaring bit of a paradox really - no good deed goes unpunished. I think social isolation can quite justifiably be seen as a defence and chance to recharge batteries ready for the next onslaught.

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  2. Your comment says more about your own ability to avoid such characters in the first place. if you constantly let yourself be drawn to "Bad Boys" (Or Girls!) - ending up in relationships you now perceive as "One Way"? Then the onus is on yourself to get out of that relationship - rather than wait for the other party to reinforce your personal prejudices by doing the dastardly deed first.
    The article didn't exclusively refer to "One-To-One" relationships: It was more about the removal;either collectively or individually from "Society" of people - whose health suffers consequently from such ostrasiation.
    To seek isolation goes against the natural instincts all Primates possess. Therefore it's no wonder that by removing oneself from the whole,you injure yourself subsequently by doing so.
    Makes you realise that the age-old Sentence of Royalty and Upper class twits to 2Banishment" wasn't as innocuous as it sounds...

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  3. Thank you for your response although on a personal level I don't think there are such things as "Bad Boys or Girls"or relationships that are "One way" since I think both sides are responsible for their part. I merely was pointing out that the energy required on every level to maintaining a correct balance can be very depleting and thus contra to health promoting.
    I agree that some socialisation may be beneficial but I also think that some isolation can be equally beneficial to gain perspective, recharge and repair.

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