Feeling Hangry Is A Real Thing According To Scientists

You know that feeling when you’re at a restaurant, starving and waiting for your food to come out and then you see a waiter with a tray of food that looks just like your order, but then they walk past your table and drops the food off at another table. Your hungry and angry and want your food right freakin now! This feeling of anger and hungriness is dubbed as hangry. Even though the word hangry is made up the feeling behind it is not.

Teen Vogue reports that a new study shows that hangry is a real emotion. Sophie Medlin, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics from Kings College in London, went on BBC Radio show Woman Hour.

“When our blood sugars drop, cortisol and adrenaline rise up in our bodies – our fight or flight hormones,” Medlin explains. “The [neuropeptides] that trigger for hunger are the same ones that trigger for anger and rage and impulsive type behaviors. So that’s why you get that sort of same response.”

What she’s saying is hanger is a real emotion and now just social media slang. The same chemicals in your brain that trigger anger is the same ones that trigger your brain when you’re hungry. That’s why you can experience the two feelings at the same time.

“We’ve long recognized that hunger leads to irritability in science,” says Medlin. “But the wonderful world of social media has merged the two words for us and now we know it as ‘hanger.'”

Anyone and everyone have experience being hangry. Medlin says that people with testosterone are more likely to experience hangriness. Males have more receptors for neuropeptides, so they’re more susceptible to be hangry.

Just to play it safe, make sure you always have a snack on hand to keep hangriness at bay.

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