This Marshmallow Test Could Be Classed as Torture For Kids

By Jon Partridge on at

Researchers were acting like big ol' meanies as they gave a group of kids a single marshmallow each, and told them they would get another one if they managed to resist eating the first for 20 minutes. Definitely mean.

The test is a re-run of a famous test conducted back in 1968 which ran 'til 1974 at Stanford University. Groups of four-year olds were given a marshmallow each and were promised they would get another sweet delight if they could manage to restrain themselves from eating the first. Evidently, some could wait, and others had a really hard time restraining themselves.

Interestingly, researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California followed-up with participants from the original tests to further assess the adult benefits of self-control as a child. The researchers assessed the current BMI of the participants, and cross referenced that data with how they performed on the original marshmallow test. They found that each minute a child delayed eating the sugary goodness predicted a 0.2 decrease in adult BMI.

Check out the full video over at The Telegraph where you can see the kids make all kinds of faces at the displeasure of waiting. Do you have any self-control? [The Telegraph]