Combatting ‘cake culture’

Nutrition can get missed in employers’ focus on wellness, fitness initiatives
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/03/2017

It’s a scenario that plays out on a daily basis in many a workplace. A colleague is celebrating his birthday so people gather round to sing well wishes while enjoying a slice of cake. And more than likely, just a few days later, it happens all over again, for a birthday, a baby shower or an anniversary.

But this “cake culture” is a problem, according to the Faculty of Dental Surgery in the United Kingdom, which put out a mission statement on the topic. Its concern? The workplace is now the main place where many people eat sugar.

“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,” said Nigel Hunt, dean of the dental faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.