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Loneliness is an emerging public health threat

The Hill published an opinion piece by Dr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in which he explains why loneliness is an increasing public health concern.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Everyone feels isolated sometimes, but with one in five Americans chronically lonely, has loneliness reached epidemic proportions? In 1988, the journal Science published a landmark study suggesting isolation was as strong a risk factor for morbidity and mortality as sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure and smoking or obesity. Since then, loneliness has become an increasing public health concern and health officials are now taking the idea of an epidemic seriously. As the population ages, the burden of social isolation on public health will only increase.

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