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The science of “hangry” — how low blood sugar makes you a monster

This is what happens when Bruce Banner skips breakfast. Ferdaus Shamim/Getty Images

You may have heard the term “hangry” before — the word for the state of being both hungry and angry. As in: “I’m so hangry that I yelled at my boss. Someone please pass me a banana.”

there’s a growing body of evidence that being hangry is a real thing

But it’s not just weird slang. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that being hangry is a completely real thing — and that low blood sugar leads to bad behavior.

Case in point: in a study published in 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers showed that married couples get increasingly angry and mean towards one another when their blood sugar is low.

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Clue to why a baby is crying is ‘in their eyes’

Clue to why a baby is crying is ‘in their eyes’

Babies cry to convey emotion, with the main reasons being hunger, pain, anger or fear, researchers find.

The intensity of the cry gradually reduces if the cause is anger, but increases if it is pain or fear

But parents – particularly first time parents – can struggle to identify which is the underlying cause, scientists from the University of Valencia say.

A study in the Spanish Journal of Psychology says that the eye activities and the dynamics of the cry can help determine the reason.

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