Study: People being ‘hangry’ causes AT LEAST four arguments a week

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New research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of RXBAR reveals the average American will make many “snackrifices” per day (Photo by Natalie Parham on Unsplash).

Do you ever catch yourself getting a bit too heated when “hanger” strikes?

According to a new survey of 2,000 Americans, hanger leads to an average of four arguments per week.

From waiting too long to eat to not eating enough — respondents even felt hanger strike because they didn’t like what they were eating.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of RXBAR, the survey examined snacking habits in relation to respondents’ overall healthy eating habits and goals.

Sixty-five respondents said they often feel hangry when they try to eat healthy snacks.

In fact, 62% said they felt in order to eat healthy, they have to sacrifice taste — and respondents are doing just that.

The survey found the average person will make over 1,000 “snackrifices” a year — that’s at least three a day.

Nearly a quarter of respondents even listed making a snackrifice as one of the contributors to their hangriness.

Aside from hanger, respondents reported feeling annoyed and grumpy after making a snackrifice.

And snackrificing may be harder than it looks — 62% of respondents said they’d rather snack throughout the day than sit down for their three-square meals a day.

This preference comes from the desire to eat on the go and to have a variety of options — at 54% and 53%, respectively.

The study also found, though, that respondents are quite hard on themselves when it comes to snacking and healthy eating.

Six in 10 respondents said they attempt to avoid snacking because they’re often left feeling guilty about it afterward.

But these snackrifices come from a place of good intentions; half of respondents said their motivations to eat healthier come from their desire to eat cleaner ingredients and to be more conscious of what makes up their food.

“Total transparency when it comes to what’s in food can be hard to find,” said Jim Murray, President of RXBAR. “We have recognizable ingredients that you can count on two hands.”

However, 67% also said they struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle that works for them.

And perhaps this is related to lack of knowledge on what “healthy” truly means, as 65% of respondents also said they have a hard time understanding how to pick a healthy, packaged snack.

“Defining a healthy lifestyle isn’t one-size fits all, it takes time to find a routine and lifestyle that works for you,” said Murray. “That’s where RXBAR can help; with clean, simple ingredients — it’s one less thing to worry about throughout your day.”


  1. Annoyed 15%
  2. Grumpy 13%
  3. Satisfied 12%
  4. Hungry 12%
  5. Happy 12%
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  1. I wait too long to eat 49%
  2. I don’t eat enough 45%
  3. I don’t enjoy what I eat 41%
  4. I’m watching what I eat 29%
  5. I sacrificed something delicious for something healthy 23%
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  1. Desire to eat cleaner ingredients 50%
  2. Be more conscious of what makes up the food I eat 50%
  3. Concern over processed foods 45%
  4. Improve my overall state of health 45%
  5. Lose weight 39%

    Snackrifices a day = 3.32 x 365 = 1211.8

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