Wednesday 6 July 2022 07:09 PM Being 'hangry' is a real thing! Scientists find direct link between hunger and ... trends now

Wednesday 6 July 2022 07:09 PM Being 'hangry' is a real thing! Scientists find direct link between hunger and ... trends now
Wednesday 6 July 2022 07:09 PM Being 'hangry' is a real thing! Scientists find direct link between hunger and ... trends now

Wednesday 6 July 2022 07:09 PM Being 'hangry' is a real thing! Scientists find direct link between hunger and ... trends now

Being 'hangry' is a real thing! Scientists find direct link between hunger and anger Word is used to describe someone who is angry because they are so hungry It became popular with rise of internet but made Oxford dictionary in 2018  Participants jotted down hunger level and how they felt five times a day

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Being 'hangry' is a real thing — not just an excuse, according to science.

The word is used to describe someone who is angry or irritable because they are so hungry.

It was used by millennials and on social media for years but became so widespread by 2018 it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Now scientists say for good reason after finding hungriness is directly linked to our emotional wellbeing.

Participants were asked to jot down how hungry they were and how they felt five times a day using an app.

Lead author Professor Viren Swami, a psychologist from Anglia Ruskin University in London, said there was a 'surprising' lack of research on being hangry.

'By following people in their day-to-day lives, we found hunger was related to levels of anger, irritability, and pleasure,' she added.

She hopes by proving being hangry is a real thing, people will recognise and snap out of it.

Being 'hangry' is a real thing — not just an excuse, according to science. Researchers found hungriness is directly linked to our emotional wellbeing (file image)

Being 'hangry' is a real thing — not just an excuse, according to science. Researchers found hungriness is directly linked to our emotional wellbeing (file image)

Professor Swami said: 'Many of us are aware that being hungry can influence our emotions, but surprisingly little scientific research has focused on being "hangry".

'Although our study doesn’t present ways to mitigate negative hunger-induced emotions, research suggests that being able to label an emotion can help people to regulate it, such as by recognising that we feel angry simply because we are hungry.

'Therefore, greater awareness of being "hangry" could reduce the likelihood that hunger results in negative emotions and behaviours in individuals.'

Researchers recruited 64 people from central Europe, who recorded their levels of hunger and various measures of emotional wellbeing over a 21-day period.

They reported hungriness and their emotions on a smartphone app five times a day.

Hunger was associated with 37 per cent of the variance in irritability, 34 per cent of the variance in anger and 38 per cent of the variance in pleasure recorded by the participants.

The effects were substantial, even

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