Stuart Stone reveals that unhealthy workplace eating is fuelling UK obesity crisis
The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) has called for managers to cut workplace ‘cake culture’ and embrace healthier measures including a “sugar schedule” to combat nationwide dental and obesity issues.
Research from Savoystewart.co.uk found that office workers were particularly at risk from obesity and health problems. 77% of people working in administration were obese or overweight, a figure 15% higher than the national average, while the figure for HR and recruitment workers (66%) was also above average.
Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons claimed a “culture change” was vital and that employers needed to play their part in encouraging healthier habits.
Recent figures from Public Health England reveal that 63% of people were overweight or obese at the turn of the year, despite 35% having made a New Years resolution at the start of 2016 to lose weight.
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.”
“Whilst these sweet treats might be well meaning, they are also contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health.”
“We need a culture change in offices and other workplaces that encourages healthy eating and helps workers avoid caving in to sweet temptations such as cakes, sweets and biscuits.”
The FDS have said that curtailing ‘cake culture’ should be a News Years resolution for 2017 and has released a handful of tips to help employees cut down their sugar consumption during working hours:
- Consider low-sugar alternatives to snacks like cake and biscuits
- Reduce portion sizes
- Avoid snacking, and save sugary snacks for your lunch break as a treat.
- Keep a “sugar schedule” to track, and limit, sugar intake
- Keep sugary snacks out of sight and out of mind: Think about where treats are stored.
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