We've all been there: by ourselves, mindlessly scarfing down crackers and cheese or raisins and almonds or hummus and veggie sticks. It doesn't matter how healthy your food is: too much of a good thing is still too much. Andevidence suggests that when we eat alone, we are far more likely to eat too much. The cause? Loneliness. Boredom. Apathy over your food choices. You're less likely to care about whether the food you're eating is healthy, not only since there is no one there to judge you for eating that entire box of Triscuits by yourself, but also because there is no one to cook better for. When we are only cooking for ourselves, we are far more likely to just pick the quickest, easiest and as a result, often less than healthy sustenance.
Acompelling study suggests that this physiological issue may have weighty consequences for our health. In addition to the depression that can be caused by and associated with continually eating alone, solo snacking has also been linked to an increase in metabolic syndrome, particularly in men.Metabolic syndrome encompasses a myriad of conditions including high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglyceride levels and excessive body fat around the midsection. When combined, these conditions can increase your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
The main body of research was published inObesity Research & Clinical Practice and found that men who eat alone twice per day were 45% more likely to be obese and had a 64% greater chance of having metabolic syndrome. Unmarried men who eat alone were at the highest risk in this group. Women, comparatively, are at a lower risk: 29%. This said, the risk for women disappeared when the researchers factored in lifestyle factors (e.g. weekly exercise, alcohol consumption and cigarette use) and socioeconomic factors (e.g. education and occupation). Men, however, stayed at the same risk percentage after accounting for these considerations.
What's the takeaway here?
Simply this: eating alone is not guaranteed to hurt your health, but it could -- especially if you're a dude. Now, don't go rushing off to make dinner dates for the next few months. You don't have to. You just have to be mindful of what you eat at all times, but particularly when you're dining solo. (And let's face it, sometimes a nice, quiet meal alone is absolute heaven!)
Here are some tips to help you keep your meals for one from hurting your health.
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