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A sweeter outcome for children

SWEET TREATS are all around, so you’d think they’d be harder for today’s children to resist than for those living in the 1960s. In fact, they’re better at it. In the famous ‘marshmallow test’, in which children aged three to five were offered the choice between either having one marshmallow now or having two if they waited for several minutes, most 1960s children took the single marshmallow. Children tested in the 1980s were able to wait an average of one minute longer and, new analysis of data at the University of Washington reveals, in the 2000s that wait time leapt to two minutes longer. The ability to delay gratification has been linked with positive traits, from achieving higher test scores to the ability to cope with stress and form positive relationships with peers.

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We put the record straight on carbs (yes, you can and should eat them if you want to lose weight) - with our expert guide on choosing the right types and making clever swaps. We've also got everything you need for a healthy holiday, from time-saving beauty hacks to help you look and feel great while you're away to a rundown of the healthcare apps to trust. And our easy, light, delicious recipes will help you make the most of those warm summer evenings with friends…