Why are problems exacerbated when we are hungry?

Lynne's cartoon 10.11

Lynne's cartoon 10.11 - Credit: Archant

I have received a number of thought provoking press releases.

For a start it seems that most of my problems (and I have many) are exacerbated by hunger and I was introduced to the concept of being “hangry”; ie angry when hungry.

We are nearly twice as likely to make the wrong decision when we’re hungry and, in tests, a little over a quarter of people (27%) who had gone at least four hours without food managed to find the correct solution to a problem. After a good meal, 48 per cent managed the right answer.

The research, which was funded by Soreen, the malt loaf people, says low levels of blood sugar can precipitate feelings of hanger, if I have deduced the correct noun from the adjective hangry.

Over here in the East, I read, 25 per cent of people experience their greatest peak of hunger between after 3pm and before 6pm.

Uncanny, isn’t it because that’s one of the periods when I’m really hungry... it falls right in the middle of the zenith of my hunger which starts at 7.30am, when I wake up and lasts until approximately 11.30pm when I go to bed, having had my last little snack, my HRT pill. Of course there are a couple of 30-minute intervals when I am not hungry. These are when I am eating.

It would be nice to ascribe my career tetchiness to hunger but I can be just as irritable over a three-course meal as I am the rest of the time. Moreover, consuming a hunger-assuaging snack such as a Cadbury’s Twirl (other brands are available but not as good) makes me even more irritable because I feel guilty. I shouldn’t be eating calorific snacks... but then I get even more irritable because I bought two Twirls and there’s still one left. I’m angry and I’m ashamed and I’m indecisive and a bit hungry.

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Some of the things you shouldn’t do when hangry, according to this study, are go food shopping (you’ll buy more than you need); argue with your partner; go for an interview; call customer services; do something dangerous (hunger affects people’s fight or flight response, causing us to be less safety-conscious) and be around someone who is eating.

I take the point about calling customer services but even if you’ve just eaten you sometimes have to hold on so long, pressing various buttons and listening to someone burbling on about your call being recorded and then telling you the answer to a question you weren’t calling about, that you’re hungry by the time you get to speak to a human being.

I’m not sure I’m prepared to wait until I’ve eaten to have an argument with my husband. If there’s something worth rowing about, it’s worth rowing now. Moreover, he wouldn’t be particularly happy if I said: “I need to quarrel with you... but I’ll wait until after supper.”

Then I was rather flattered to be offered a review copy of a book called The Story of Control by Adrianna Taylor.

I recently sent you the press release for The Story of Control, a memoir by professional dominatrix Adrianna Taylor (published by A.I.N Enterprises Ltd) and available to purchase exclusively online at Amazon.

I thought it would make a unique lifestyle feature as Adrianna offers up a revealing insight both into the unorthodox world of life as a professional dominatrix and her strong views on female empowerment and perception within society and the media.

The Story of Control highlights the realities of life as a professional dominatrix, dispelling popular stereotypes and showing that women, like Adrianna, still have normal feelings and emotions. Through her memoir, Adrianna Taylor hopes to remove the negativity surrounding the subject of the BDSM (bondage & discipline, dominance & submission and sadism & masochism) lifestyle, and broaden society’s understanding.

Based in Wiltshire, Southern England, Adrianna Taylor has worked as a professional dominatrix or the past three years. The Story of Control is her debut book