Friday 30 September 2016

Office cake culture is having a terrible impact on your health (and your waistline)

Published 24/06/2016 | 11:57

Office occasions should be celebrated with fruit, nuts and cheese instead.
Office occasions should be celebrated with fruit, nuts and cheese instead.

Supporting your office bake sale and tucking into your colleagues’ birthday cake can have a dangerous impact on your health, according to a new study.

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Professor Nigel Hunt from the UK’s Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeon revealed that office treats can be the killer when it comes to keeping the pounds off.

He instead suggested that office occasions should be celebrated with fruit, nuts and cheese instead.

According to the BBC, the expert spoke about office indulgence at the annual dinner for dentists’ held by the organisation.

"Managers want to reward staff for their efforts, colleagues want to celebrate special occasions, and workers want to bring back a gift from their holidays.

"But for many people the workplace is now the primary site of their sugar intake and is contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health."

"Cake culture also poses difficulties for those who are trying their hardest to lose weight or become healthier - how many of us have begun such diets only to cave in to the temptation of the doughnuts, cookies or the triple chocolate biscuits?"

The professor admitted that cakes shouldn’t be banned overall, but should be reduced in portion size and offered very infrequently. He also suggested it was the responsibility of the employer to put a stop to regular sweet parties.

"Ideally office workers should consider other alternatives altogether like fruit platters, nuts, or cheese.

"Responsible employers should take a lead and avoid such snacks in meetings."

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