"The research suggests living alone may represent a barrier to healthy eating that is related to the cultural and social roles of food and cooking," Dr. Katherine Hanna, of QUT's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, said in a press release. "For example, a lack of motivation and enjoyment in cooking and/or eating alone often led to people preparing simple or ready-made meals lacking key nutrients. The absence of support or encouragement to comply with healthy eating guidelines and difficulty in managing portion control were also factors influencing diet."
To address the issue, the researchers recommend cooking programs, increased access to healthy food, and promoting the idea of eating in communal situations, according to the release. Well, yeah.
The study, led by Hanna and Dr. Peter Collins, analyzed data from 41 existing studies, and claims to be the most comprehensive research to date on the link between living alone and a person's diet. They did not remark, however, on how comprehensively depressing it is. Excuse us while we sob into soggy frozen chicken nuggets, alone.