Is It Time We Fired Our So-Called Office ‘Cake Culture’?
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When Joe Jonas sung about wanting to eat cake by the ocean, chances are he didn't expect the Royal College of Surgeons of England to clap back.
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But that's exactly what they've gone and done.
In an article titled 'Resolve to cut ‘cake culture’ in your workplace in 2017', the UK-based charity has decried the rise of "sweet treats in the office".
"The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) is concerned that the workplace is now the main place where many people will eat sugar and that it is contributing to the obesity epidemic and poor oral health," a statement read.
You may be familiar with this truly frightening "epidemic".
Someone goes and has a bloody birthday, so your manager buys a $2 mudcake from Woolies. It's effing delicious and a welcome 3:30pm treat.
The next day, you have a new starter, so cupcakes are thrown into the office and subsequently down your chunthole.
Heck, the day after that you might get a PR company sending you Krispy Kremes to promote a new film.
It's true - if you work in an corporate setting, cake may be the one sweet saviour of your otherwise torturous day.
The fun police dentists, however, do not approve of this.
"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. While these sweet treats might be well meaning, they are also contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health.“We need a culture change in offices and other workplaces that encourages healthy eating and helps workers avoid caving in to sweet temptations such as cakes, sweets and biscuits."
If you find yourself consistently lured by the revolving door of sweet treaties, the RCS have a few tips on how to avoid the cake and not eat it too.
1. Pick a low sugar option. They reckon you should skip the biscuits and sweets and pick something low sugar.2. Reduce portion sizes. Go for a slither instead of a slab.3. Keep the sugar to lunchtime. Supposedly, if you have the treats at lunch, it's better for your teeth than all throughout the day.4. Develop a sugar schedule. If three people are having birthdays in one week, arrange a cake for Friday and celebrate the three of 'em all at once.5. Locate the cake station out of sight. If they're nearby and visible, you'll be more likely to go over and peck.
Source: Royal College of Surgeons.