London: If you live alone, you probably have unhealthy diet, according to a new study.
The Queensland University of Technology researchers found that people living on their own are more likely to have unhealthy diets that lack key nutrients, the Guardian reported.
The report noted that individuals who lived on their own tend not to have adequate cooking skills or partners to help them with shopping. Men living alone were more likely to have a poor diet than women.
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, said co-author Katherine Hanna.
The increasing cost of food also factored into lower consumption of core food groups like fruits, vegetables and fish, which can be expensive.
The psychological impact of living alone was also cited as a reason for poor eating.
The study is published in the journal Nutrition Reviews. (ANI)