A doctor who specializes in aggression and violence has confirmed that being hangry is a legitimate condition.
It’s so serious, in fact, that it fuelled some partners to exercise voodoo on their spouse.
So the next time one of your brunch buddies says he’s going to get hangry if his Eggs Benny aren’t on the table in five, just know that he’s actually experiencing a lack of what’s supposed to make humans above animals: self-control.
“Aggression often starts when self-control stops,” says Dr. Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University who’s researched aggression and violence for a quarter of a century. Since the brain needs energy for self-control, you can guess what happens when it’s deprived of food for extended periods.
A little more science:
“We know the pre-frontal cortex part of your brain is responsible for self-control. And we also know that it needs energy. Our brain needs energy to exercise self-control. Even though it’s only about 2% of your body weight, it uses 20-30% of the calories we consume. And it gets those calories from food,” says Bushman.
Ah, doing something for yourself that’s actually something for those around you… we love food.