A leading health expert has claimed that Britain’s so-called ‘cake culture’ in offices around the country has led to an obesity epidemic and a rise in tooth decay. Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, has said that people in offices are more likely to snack on sugary treats while at their desks, rather than healthy options, which has led to the rise in health problems throughout Britain.
Professor Hunt will give a speech to the Faculty of Dental Surgery suggesting that the problem arises from excessive consumption of sweet treats at work, with many people being rewarded for good work and celebrating birthdays with workmates by bringing cakes or doughnuts into the office to share. He explains that ‘it is particularly dangerous that this is lying around the office all day for, as we know, sugar has a particularly negative effect if it’s eaten outside of meal time.’
He is expected to add that ‘cake culture’ should be changed if we are going to combat problems with weight and dental health, but that this doesn’t mean we have to ban sweet treats completely, just consume in smaller quantities and perhaps only make then available at lunch time, rather than all day or during meetings.