Feeling Hangry: The Brain-Body Connection

It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon. It’s been hours since you ate lunch, but dinner is still a few hours away. You’re hungry and, as a result, you’re feeling irritable and aggravated with even the most minor situations. To sum it up, you’re “hangry”—your hunger has made you overreact, appearing almost angry.

Hangry isn’t a medical condition. Instead, it’s a physiological reaction to hunger. Because your blood sugar is low, your body releases cortisol and adrenaline—a combination of hormones that cause stress and the fight-or-flight reaction. As a result, you might experience anger that makes you hungry, or you may have other reactions, such as concentration problems, fatigue, coordination difficulties, or sleepiness.

Take a look at our infographic to learn more about this phenomenon.











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