Children are most likely to become angry at 2.48pm – because it is time they are the most hungry, a new study reveals.

Almost half of youngsters (43 per cent) become ‘irritable’ when they haven’t eaten and 22 per cent are ‘starving’ by the late afternoon.

A tenth of parents (10 per cent) admit feeling stressed when they don’t have snacks available for their children, while 20 per cent feel worried or apprehensive.

The study also found boys aged between four and eight suffer the most from feeling hungry and angry (22 per cent) – what experts are describing as ‘hangry’.

The study, which quizzed 1,000 parents with children between the age of four and 12, reveals 2.48pm is the time when they should anticipate their child being the hungriest.

It also found more than half (52 per cent) of parents are affected by their child’s behavioural changes because of hunger.

imagesWhen feeling hungry and angry, parents say their kids are argumentative (30 per cent), irritable (22 per cent) and short fused (18 per cent).

The study also found that parents rely on fatty snacks to solve the problem.

And four in ten parents (38 per cent) often rely on sugary and fatty treats, which offer little nutritional value.

Despite lots of healthy alternatives available, chocolates (nine per cent), sweets (five per cent) and crisps (20 per cent) are popular choices amongst parents.

If they forget an afternoon snack, parents admit to feeling worried (12 per cent), stressed (10 per cent) and apprehensive (12 per cent).

A quarter of parents (25 per cent) feel they have to give their child more than one treat to make sure they are satisfied.

Mary Lynch, a registered Nutritionist, discussed the importance of parents being prepared with low fat treats to keep kids calmer, happier and more cooperative whilst keeping hunger at bay.

She said: “It’s great to have snacks as part of a healthy balanced diet that are easy to pop in your handbag whilst on a family day out.

“These can include apple slices, raisins, popcorn or malt loaf that contains far less sugar than sweets and chocolate.”

Managing Director of Soreen, Paul Tripp, said: “During the summer holiday’s parents can help to prevent their children having a melt down by distracting them and giving them a snack of substance that will keep them going until their next meal.”


  1. Get into a traffic jam with no snacks to hand – you don’t want an angry child in the back seat so check the roads before setting off anywhere
  2. Go food shopping – you’ll be forever removing unwanted items from your trolley
  3. Take them around people who are eating – their low sugar level blood will boil over
  4. Get them to start work on their holiday project – they will be distracted and irritable
  5. Take them for a play date – tears before bedtime are guaranteed!