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Are you a Hangry Person ?

A scientific study has found that people have difficulties controlling their tempers when their sugar levels drop from being hungry, and that married couples are more likely to argue when they are feeling peckish!!

Feeling hangry happens when you feel unpleasantness due to hunger but interpret those feeling as strong emotions about other people or the situation you are in.

According to a team from the University of Carolina when we are hungry we can interpret images and scenarios as negatives. Our fuses shorten, and we have heightened levels of stress.

They report that hanger is a complicated emotional response due to personality and the environment we are in. If you are already in a stressful, emotional or tiring situation, being hungry on top of those feelings will increase the hanger

This is not to say that when we are hungry we are all going to display outbursts of rage!!

Most of the time we recognise that when we are not functioning properly it is because we haven’t eaten for a while and a quick bite to eat can defuse most hanger sparks.


Sophie Medlin, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics from King’s College, London, outlined the connection between hunger and anger.

“When our blood sugars drop, cortisol and adrenaline rise up in our bodies - our fight or flight hormones.”

The release of these hormones can in turn affect the brain, due to the secretion of neuropeptides that control the brain’s chemicals.

“The ones that trigger for hunger are the same ones that trigger for anger and rage and impulsive type behaviours,” Ms Medlin said. 

“So that’s why you get that same sort of response.”

Angry due to hunger is very real for many of us! The best solution both mentally and physically is to have a well balanced regular eating plan.