‘Hangry’ is a Real Thing, Science Says

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Being so hungry that you become grumpy is a real phenomenon, according to psychologist Brad Bushman
‘Hangry’ is a Real Thing, Science Says

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Do you become overly aggressive when you skip out on breakfast? There’s a science behind it.

Hangry. Bae. On fleek. These are all slang words that “the kids” are using these days, but only one of them is a science-backed phenomenon, and we hate to tell you, but we don’t mean having perfectly sculpted “on fleek” eyebrows. Hangry is a word that means, according to Urban Dictionary (the Bible of modern-day jargon), “when you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.” And it’s apparently a real thing, according to Dr. Brad Bushman, a psychology professor at Ohio State University.

Bushman, in an interview with Thrillist, claims that energy and self-control are intrinsically connected in our brain. When we don’t have enough energy (aka food or sleep), we are more likely to lose self-control and become aggressive. He has a (relatively) scientific experiment to back up this thesis. He divided a group of college students in two, and gave one group lemonade with sugar (which has calories), while the other group got lemonade sweetened with Splenda (which does not have calories). He then gave both groups the same opportunity to hit an opponent with loud noise from headphones. Guess what? The Splenda consumers were more likely to want to blast their opponents’ eardrums.

If you’re looking for self-control, then be sure to eat your three square meals a day, lest you turn into some belly-grumbling Hulk.  And remember, in case you feel like you’re going to blast someone’s eardrums, keep this handy app on hand, which conquers hanger by randomly ordering food for you. 

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