Getting hangry IS real — and scientists tell you what it does to you

Getting hangry is a real sensation — and it makes us at least a third more negative, researchers say.

It has been found that an empty stomach makes people irritable and short-tempered and they are less likely to enjoy life.

Getting angry when you're hungry is scientifically proven, researchers say


Getting angry when you’re hungry is scientifically proven, researchers sayPhoto credit: Getty

The effects are said to be significant, worsening negative emotions by more than a third.

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University suggest that low blood sugar makes it harder for the brain to control emotions.

They said animals became more aggressive when hungry to increase their chances of fighting off rivals to get food.

Lead researcher Professor Viren Swami said, “The results suggest that the experience of being hungry is real because hunger was associated with greater anger and irritability and less pleasure.”

Prof. Swami and colleagues in Austria asked 64 people to fill out questionnaires five times a day.

They reported feeling 37 percent more irritable and 34 percent more angry when hungry, while the level of enjoyment was 38 percent lower. Getting hangry IS real — and scientists tell you what it does to you

Sarah Y. Kim

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