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Dentists Rally Against ‘Cake Culture’ In Workplaces

Update Date: Jan 05, 2017 05:54 PM EST

There's a new voice advocating for changes in workplaces and in an unlikely move, dentists are rallying against "cake culture". The protectors of oral health are voicing their opinions about consuming cake and other sugary snacks in the office and call for healthier eating options in workplaces.

According to the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, the so-called "cake culture" in workplaces contributes to health problems like obesity and tooth decay. It also promotes unhealthy eating among workers and staff. 

What the dentists' call "cake culture" in workplaces is the eating of sweet food like cake and biscuits at work. "Cake culture" is more popularly known as the time when office colleagues get together over cake in celebration of another colleague's birthday. Office managers or bosses plying their staff with sweets as a reward for a job well done also falls under the "cake culture".

According to a report by The Telegraph, nearly 64,000 adults in Britain were admitted to the hospital due to tooth decay. Nearly two-thirds of people in Britain are either overweight or obese. Dentists are pointing out these statistics to back their fight against "cake culture".

The Faculty of Dental Surgery suggests cutting back on sugary treats in the office. Office workers should mind what they share and eat, and choose low-sugar alternatives instead. The dentists also suggest controlling and reducing the sizes of the treats and should be mindful of where these are positioned in the office to avoid involuntary snacking throughout the work day.

The human resources department should also consider providing healthy alternatives in the office. Managers are also advised to be mindful of the health of their subordinates and think of other ways to reward them for a job well done.  Workplaces are advised to promote a healthy lifestyle in their companies.

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