IS THIS THE END OF THE OF­FICE BIRTH­DAY CAKE?

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - HEALTH HQ -

In­stead of cel­e­brat­ing Bob in mar­ket­ing’s birth­day with a three-tiered black for­est cake, ex­perts want of­fice work­ers to raise an ap­ple and a few al­monds in his hon­our in­stead.

A “cake cul­ture” in work­places is ap­par­ently to blame for the rise in em­ploy­ees with rot­ten teeth. “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,” pro­fes­sor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Fac­ulty of Den­tal Surgery at Eng­land’s Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons warns. Re­cent UK re­search shows that 42 per cent of of­fice work­ers gained up to 6.5kg in the past year. Snack­ing and bore­dom are the main cul­prits.

Hunt says the so­lu­tion is to swap sweet treats for healthy (yet tasty) op­tions such as fruit plat­ters, nuts and cheese. A guilt-free pro­tein-packed bliss ball won’t go astray, ei­ther.

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