If you’ve ever found yourself eating ranch dressing with a spoon because there is no one in your apartment to stop you, there’s a reason for that.
A couple of researchers from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia conducted a meta-review of 41 different papers to compare the eating habits of people who live alone to those who don’t. Unsurprisingly, the study concluded, “Results varied but suggested that, compared with persons who do not live alone, persons who live alone have a lower diversity of food intake, a lower consumption of some core foods groups (fruits, vegetables, and fish), and a higher likelihood of having an unhealthy dietary pattern.”
Many factors contributed to these results, according to Science Daily: Inadequate cooking skills, no one to go shopping with, increased costs and lack of motivation were all cited as issues. Anecdotally, I’ve also found it’s hard to shop or cook when you never get out of bed.