(ORDO NEWS) — A new study has shown that feeling hungry can indeed trigger emotions such as anger and irritability. This work is the first to explore how hunger affects people’s feelings.
If absolutely everything starts to annoy you, then you should probably have a snack!
Often people on a diet are called angry and irritable. But previously no one could say for sure whether this connection has a scientific justification.
A new study by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK and Karl Landsteiner University of Medicine in Austria has found that hunger is indeed associated with higher levels of anger and irritability, as well as lower levels of pleasure.
How did scientists find out?
The researchers recruited 64 adult participants who had to record their hunger levels and various measures of emotional well-being over a 21-day period, 5 times a day.
The results show that hunger is associated with greater feelings of anger and irritability, as well as lower pleasure scores.
The effects were significant, even after controlling for demographic factors such as age and gender, body mass index, eating behavior, and individual personality traits.
Hunger was associated with 37% differences in irritability, 34% differences in anger, and 38% differences in pleasure reported by participants.
The study also showed that negative emotions irritability, anger, and dislike are caused by both daily fluctuations in hunger and residual levels of hunger, measured on average over a three-week period (when a person dieted for a long time and then stopped).
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