April 21st, 2014

Are you hangry?

Nothing much happens to me when I get hungry except that I get hungry.

But some people are different: they get angry and pick fights.

Indeed. I know that quite well because I’ve been closely and even at times intimately involved with people who do just that. It took me many years to realize what was happening. What was all this moodiness about, and these sudden flashes of rage? Hunger didn’t account for all of it, of course, but it certainly was correlated—so much so that I finally learned, after years of puzzlement, to ask a simple question whenever the unprovoked peevishness occurred, “Are you hungry?”

And now I’m happy to learn there’s a word for it: “hangry.” Solution? Eat more often—duh!

10 Responses to “Are you hangry?”

  1. Matthew Says:

    My mother, normally the nicest person in the world, could get real testy when hungry. Everything else had to be put on hold until she found something to eat. Then she’d be fine.

  2. parker Says:

    I can sympathize with those who experience this condition. In 2009 I came down with H1N1 & bacterial pneumonia that finally put me in the hospital for 6 days. I had lost 27 pounds from a 160 pound frame when I was discharged. For about 2 months afterwards I was very irritable whenever I would get the least bit hungry. Once I ate something I was fine. When I regained my normal weight my episodes of ‘hangry’ were over.

  3. physicsguy Says:

    It took my wife and I awhile to figure this out with our older daughter. Once we understood that when she got low blood sugar it caused her to be very difficult to handle, we would then feed her, and things would return to normal. She knows now, as a young adult to let her friends know that if she’s hungry she will be bitchy…nothing personal just get her fed!

  4. vanderleun Says:

    “I’ve been closely and even at times intimately involved with people who do just that. ”

    Oh stuff and nonsense. There is absolutely no scientific basis for this cockeyed theory. On the contrary it is an established truth and some are a living example of the fact that they are merely too irritating to be around when they are going on and on about this study or that or this precious insight or that. If you run a blah-blah-blah lifestyle while others are simply trying to get to the buffet it is little wonder they run you down.

    Honesty, Neo, we expect a bit more of a basis for foolish concepts like this. A bit more than the “I’ve been closely and even at times intimately involved with people who do just that” blather. Correlation is not causation. It’s not even a causeway.

  5. Ymarsakar Says:

    Hunger was originally because of two things.

    Personal incompetence or somebody stole your food.

    With entitlement and grievance industries, it’s easy to come up with a rationalization someone stole your food and that’s why hunger is here now. Time to get some back.

  6. neo-neocon Says:


    Sounds like somebody needs some food.

  7. vanderleun Says:

    If I don’t get a sandwich in about ten minutes I’m coming through this monitor to trash your place.

  8. Kae Arby Says:

    I don’t get angry when I’m hungry, but I do get irritable when a scheduled meal, usually lunch during work, gets postponed. And if someone says, “let’s just work through lunch and go home early.” Several violent thoughts run though my head that get very hard to resist.


  9. Don Carlos Says:

    So it’s true then, overeaters are happier, the obese are less irritable. Tell Michelle, quick.

  10. Toni Says:

    I know of a place that has the best Reubens in town. Not the paintings but the sandwich. Let’s go.

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