What happens to your body when you get hangry
It's 3 p.m. and you realize you just snapped at your coworker for asking a simple question. Or you are driving and get ridiculously angry at someone trying to simply change lanes in front of you. Suddenly, you remember you skipped lunch today and maybe breakfast too. You are now "hangry," a state of anger and rage fueled solely by hunger.
You have probably experienced being hangry first hand, but I have never seen it expressed so clearly as when my toddler misses a snack or I am running late preparing dinner. It's like a possessed child suddenly shows up at my house. Then as soon as he gets his food, he is back to the normal, calm child I know and love and the demon is gone. That demon is hunger, which quickly escalates into "hanger" in a toddler with limited verbal skills.
But even before being a mom, just in my work as a Registered Dietitian, I have seen how hunger can have serious effects on even an adult's mental state if it is allowed to get out of control. Here's what happens when you get "hangry."