Dr. Mehmet Oz takes some time away from filming season three of The Dr. Oz Show to answer one big question for us.
What do you think is the biggest health crisis facing young professionals?
There’s no question that there’s a massive problem with loneliness. And I know that sounds like a weird first step. I could have picked obesity, which is a huge problem among the young but less so than it is as you get older. And I could have picked stress, but I think the main reason stress is such an issue for so many young professionals is because of loneliness that so many feel. And I think social networks have attempted to bring back the connections, but I don’t think (they’ve) really addressed it like (they need) to.
What helps us make sense of suffering and discomfort is the people in our lives. They define our lives. And so if you’re a young professional in America and you’re having difficulty connecting, then you have less of a social network that supports you as these crises points hit us. Loneliness is across the globe a big issue. And I think, especially for the young generation, they’re going to have to find those tools (to fight it.) It’s not going to come through social networks by itself. It’s going to take more than that.