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Dental chief warns over 'cake culture' in workplace

By Ella Pickover

Published 24/06/2016

"Cake culture" in the workplace is fuelling the obesity epidemic and contributing to poor dental health, a dental leader will warn

"Cake culture" in the workplace is fuelling the obesity epidemic and contributing to poor dental health, a dental leader will warn.

Workers should bring fruit platters into the office instead of doughnuts, cookies and biscuits, the dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons said.

Professor Nigel Hunt called for employers to stop offering such snacks in meetings.

In a speech to the Faculty of Dental Surgery's annual dinner, Prof Hunt said: "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. But 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. Responsible employers should take a lead and avoid such snacks in meetings."

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