The Looming Health Epidemic Facing America Has Nothing To Do With Food Or Drugs
For years, America has been talking about the obesity epidemic.
But there's another problem that could reach epidemic proportions: isolation and loneliness.
The AARP says the impact of social isolation has been growing and will continue to grow.
More than 42 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness.
The last U.S. census showed more than 25% of Americans live alone. More than half are unmarried.
Those who live alone and have few social network ties are all at risk for premature mortality.
It's especially true for those younger than 65.