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WHY ARE THE YOUNG SO LONELY?

Loneliness is pervasive and on the rise among the young, but why is it a bigger concern for under-24s than any other age group?

‘s ome people think you’re lonely because you don’t have a partner or that you need to “get out more”, but there are so many reasons why someone can feel like this,’ says Elizabeth Puddicombe, 24, who works as a social media and content marketer. ‘It can sometimes be crippling.’ From the outside, looking at her job, and where she lives – in the heart of a bustling metropolis, with a solid group of friends and a supportive family – it seems inconceivable that

Elizabeth feels lonely. But she is part of the 16-24 age group, which experiences loneliness more than any other group, according to a recent nationwide survey of 55,000 people. Called The Loneliness Experiment, the survey was run for BBC Radio 4 by academics at the University of Manchester, Brunel University London, and the University of Exeter. Feeling alone is a condition most commonly associated with the elderly, but results showed that 40 per cent of 16-24 year olds felt lonely, compared to 27 per cent of people who were over the age of 75.

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It's time to go with your gut! Inside, you’ll find our 20-page expert guide which will get your gut health on track, from how it impacts the rest of your body to unlocking your microbiome. We investigate whether alcohol really is becoming the latest taboo, if we're in the midst of a loneliness epdiemic and why poetry can be food for the soul. Plus, our food section champions power plates, for recipes to nourish your mind and body, and reveals the art of fermentation - the biggest food trend of the year. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!