All those cakes that people keep bringing into work are seriously damaging your health. So should they be banned??

All those cakes that people keep bringing into work are seriously damaging your health. So should they be banned??

Ready for another reason to work from home (other than the existence of your bed, access to snacks, zero need to ever get on the tube, and being able to work in sweatpants all day)?

The BBC reports that office cake culture – meaning the constant stream of cakes people bring into the office for birthdays, leaving ‘dos, pregnancy announcements, meeting targets, whatever – is posing a serious risk to our health.

A senior dentist, Professor Nigel Hunt, says that all those celebratory cakes are not only increasing obesity rates, but also dental health problems – which to be honest, we just hadn’t thought of.

In a speech later this month, he plans to explain that managers often want to reward staff with cakes, while colleagues want to celebrate special occasions, or will bring back sweets from their holidays.

“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,” he says, noting that all that temptation makes it seriously difficult for people to stick to healthy lifestyles.

We blame Colin the Caterpillar for this.

But don’t stress. Nigel doesn’t recommend banning cakes from the office forevermore.

Instead he recommends purchasing cakes in smaller quantities (so maybe one of the mini cakes rather than those big sheet style ones) and only offering it at lunchtime, so that you’re not introducing more sugar to your mouth between meals – which can lead to tooth decay.

That being said, he does suggest that responsible managers won’t stock up on unhealthy, sugar-packed treats to reward workers. If they feel like feeding us in meetings, they should instead offer fruit platters, nuts, or cheese. We think this sound like a much better idea. Not only will it prove better for employee waistlines but it will also lead to greater star productivity. Sudden increases in blood sugar levels, from sugary food, will ultimately lead to the equivalent sugar dump and a loss of work productivity. Aim to keep your blood sugar levels constant and you can expect to work without interruption in between meals.

If you do happen to fall to temptation then try this effective HIIT workout to burn off those excess calories.


This workout is time based. You’ll need either an interval timer or an interval timing app, and you’ll perform 20 seconds of each exercise, no breaks.

Perform each of the 6 exercises for 20 seconds each, no rest. Then rest for 60 seconds.

Perform 3-5 rounds.


Reptile Walkout

Jump Squat

Tricep Dip

Reverse Lunge

Rolling Plank

Jump Lunges

author: jasonpatmore

I am a Personal Trainer and coach based in Liverpool Street.


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