Eating with family and friends during the holiday season is often associated with populous and crowded atmosphere. However, if one has dietary restrictions or controlled food intake in a group full of people it can often stimulate to being lonely, suggests a study. People with controlled food or diet due to inhibitions to health issues or cultural or allergy issues can feel lonely during group dinners or outings, according to suggestions from studies conducted by Cornell University.
According to research fellow and lead author Kaitlin Woolley in Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, not eating due to several restrictions or inhibitions on food can often give the person a feeling of loneliness. Despite being present at the table, a feeling of loneliness is in effect. He or she can be physically present at the table but still dwindle in emotions due to not being able to bond over a shared meal.
Holiday celebrations often revolve around eating, but those with food restrictions are more likely to feel lonely when they can’t share in what others are eating, according to new research by @CornellMBA's @Kaitlin_Woolley. #food #psychology #holidays https://t.co/ZsbJE3VS3l— Lindsey Hadlock (@LHadlock) December 23, 2019
In over six studies and several group experiments conducted by Curtis, Cornell and other universities, it is suggested that children, as well as adults, are prone to loneliness if they are having food restrictions. According to Woolley, people without any restrictions are more prone to communicating and bonding. On the other hand, people with food restrictions feel increased loneliness. For a mutual belonging feel, it is important to eat together according to these studies.