A recent study concluded that the effects of loneliness are more tangible than overall sad feelings and/or genuine ennuis that result in social awkwardness. As it turns out, excessive loneliness can also put you in an early grave.
One of the primary causes of most health-related issues Americans face can be linked back to obesity. I know that weight is a touchy subject, so much so that there was widespread social outrage when a sign that stated the second leading cause of cancer, after smoking, was obesity.
And although some 2.8 million adults die each year from illnesses that stem from being overweight, that number is still believed to be lower than the amount of people who are put into early graves because of another health crisis: loneliness.