‘Hangry’ Teens Consume Twice As Much Food During Summer Months, New Survey Finds

by Andrea Wunderlich
Andrea is a LittleThings Editorial Intern who has a passion for all things internet; she enjoys books, coffee, and pugs!

With teenagers out of school for the summer, video games and neighborhood pools might not be the only things they’ll be over faster than last year’s app fad.

According to a survey of 2,000 parents with kids aged 13-19 conducted by Farm Rich, 57% admitted their kids were “quick to grumble” about their food options at home.

The survey findings were overwhelming: not only are teens hard to please in the kitchen, they’ll also eat you out of house and home in the summer months. The survey finds teenagers snack twice as much during the summer months than they do during the school year!

Parents spend on average over an hour and a half per week — and even longer in the summer months — planning and prepping meals for their kids, and they spend over $140 bucks per kid trying to do it.

That’s three trips to the grocery store per week!

What’s more than the seemingly bottomless pit that is most teens is the “hangriness” that comes from most hungry teens. Most parents reported around four hunger related mood swings per week — that’s a lot of sass!

Despite parents’ best efforts to keep their kids fed and happy, 58% of parents surveyed admitted to giving in and ordering takeout after their kids complained about their food options. So, what are parents to do when 75% of them report that they have run out of inspiration when trying to satisfy all their teens’ cravings?

Shannon Gilreath from Farm Rich recommends the following: “Keeping lots of easy and wholesome foods around the house not only encourages teens to make their own meals and snacks, but also frees up time for busy parents– which helps make everybody happy!”

Great advice for those parents out there who’ve had it up to here with trying to feed their kids, let’s just hope they can make it to those wholesome snacks before another mood swing strikes!

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This random double-opt-in survey was conducted by OnePoll, a market research company and corporate member of ESOMAR and adheres to the MRS code of conduct. For more information about OnePoll’s research in the media, navigate to their portfolio here: This survey of 2000 US adults was conducted between May 05, 2017, and May 11, 2017, by Market Researchers OnePoll and commissioned by Farm Rich.

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