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Your physical size matters as it pertains to your body’s health and well-being. But is your relationship status even more important?
According to a professional research study, which was conducted by Gransnet, lacking a significant other is more hazardous to your health than being obese. Gransnet.com is a dating and networking website for adults who are 50 and older. The orchestrators of this study were highly qualified and credible.
Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad was the lead author who conducted another study with an objective akin to the Gransnet work. Dr. Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. Over the course of the research conducted by Dr. Holt-Lunstad and her team, research data was derived from 218 different studies.
According to the New York Post, Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s study showed that people who deal regularly with loneliness have a 50 percent chance of dying prematurely. However, when it came to the study subjects who shared that their primary adversity was obesity, the premature death rate was only 30 percent.
Dr. Holt-Lunstad also said the following about her university’s professional research study per the New York Post:
“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, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment. Yet an increasing portion of the US population now experiences isolation regularly.” (New York Post)
This study and the conclusion makes sense for a number of sound reasons. Interacting regularly with a person you would consider to be a life partner makes you more at ease regardless of their size. It also gives you a better chance of familiarizing yourself with that person’s strengths and weaknesses, and that is very helpful.