As if being sat down at a desk all day wasn’t bad enough for our waistlines, office food is now adding on the inches and pounds.
If you work in an office, you will be no stranger to sweet treats appearing in the kitchen area almost every day.
Birthdays, meeting targets or someone just wanting to share what they baked over the weekend – we always seem to find an excuse to tuck into a slice of cake, biscuits or sweets, the list goes on.
However, in a recent report, it has been claimed by a senior dentist that the office cake culture is a serious danger to our health.
Professor Nigel Hunt, from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, at the Royal College of Surgeons explained “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.”
It’s no surprise really, sitting down for long periods of time and eating food that can’t exactly be classed as healthy is obviously going to be affecting our weight and health.
The office is for many, the main place where they will consume a large amount of sugar, so is it time for offices to ban sugary snacks?
Being realistic, that’s never going to happen – you can advise someone of what to eat, but you can’t force it.
Prof Nigel Hunt does however suggest that we should cut down on the amount of sugary foods we eat – buying mini cakes rather than full sized ones and only offering them out at lunch time.
The problem it seems is that people will eat these high sugar foods between meals and then go on to eat their full lunch – which often contains enough sugar as it is.
Alternatives to cakes have been suggested including fruit platters, nuts and seeds, or even a sandwich platter to save workers having to buy lunch.
We all know how difficult it is to resist temptation, so removing the temptation and replacing it with some equally as tasty but much healthier foods seems like it’s the step forward that we all need to take in order to look after our health.