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'Hangry': do women and men experience it differently?

What is 'hangry'? Outcome of FGM trial, young people managing digital technology; learning disabled teens and overcoming trauma, and Olympian gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin.

This week, the Woman's Hour team have been talking about that feeling of anger that comes with being hungry. But what is happening when we are 'Hangry'? Do women or men experience it more strongly? And does society treat men's 'hanger' differently to that of women? Sophie Medlin, lecturer in nutrition and dietetics from Kings College London explains what happens when we get hangry and discusses the phenomenon alongside the comedian Jess Fostekew who relates her own experiences of 'hanger'.

A London father has been found not guilty of organising for his nine-year-old daughter to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to punish her. This the second FGM prosecution case brought to court in UK, both of which have resulted in acquittals. Jane speaks to Nimco Ali the director and co-founder of Daughters of Eve and an anti-FGM campaigner to see what impact this will have on future cases.

New research conducted by the University of Essex and University College London, published on Tuesday, found that young girls using social media for more than an hour a day are more likely to develop wellbeing issues as older teens. Are digital technology and social media hijacking young people's attention, and why is it more prominent in girls? Professor of Lifecourse Epidemiology at UCL, Yvonne Kelly, co-author of the new research, and Erin Cotter, founder of ReConnect - an initiative working with children in secondary schools encouraging reflection on their relationships with technology, discuss the impact screen-use is having on the mental wellbeing of young children and how to promote a more balanced digital lifestyle.

As a part of this year's Sport Relief we hear from a woman whose teenaged daughter, with learning disabilities, was sexually assaulted. Respond, supported by money raised through Sport Relief, are a national charity who work with young people with learning difficulties or autism who have experienced trauma. Rosie Creer, a therapist from Respond joins Jane to explain how they help their young clients.

Charlotte Dujardin began riding horses at the age of 2. They became her passion. She went on to become one of the greatest dressage riders of all times winning three gold medals at London 2012, repeating that in Rio 4 years later. She talks to Jane about why she believes that with dedication and ambition, even if people tell you it can't be done, you can find a way to achieve your goals.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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45 minutes


  • FGM

    Duration: 05:23

  • Young People and Digital Technology

    Duration: 08:21

  • Hangry

    Duration: 07:49

  • Sport Relief: Abuse of Young People With Learning Difficulties

    Duration: 13:10

  • Charlotte Dujardin

    Duration: 07:17

Abuse of Young People with Learning Difficulties

Young People & Digital Technology


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Nimco Ali
Interviewed Guest Yvonne Kelly
Interviewed Guest Erin Cotter
Interviewed Guest Sophie Medlin
Interviewed Guest Jessica Fostekew
Interviewed Guest Rosie Creer
Interviewed Guest Charlotte Dujardin
Producer Kirsty Starkey


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