Last year we were told that sitting down in office chairs was the biggest health risk to employees. Not anymore.
As another year gets underway and employees stumble into 2017, there’s a new occupational health and safety hazard that we’re being warned about.
The technical name for this lurking health threat is “cake”, although it also travels under the names “slice”, “biscuits” and “sweets”.
Yes, that’s right people, our waistlines and teeth are at risk from “cake culture”. The Faculty of Dental Surgery at Britain’s Royal College of Surgeons is so concerned about “cake culture” it has devoted time and resources to making public warnings and writing position papers.
As Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the faculty of dental surgery, makes clear in an article on the college’s website: “While these sweet treats might be well meaning, they are also contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health.”
Professor Hunt has a resolution for us all: “Make combating cake culture in your workplace one of your new year’s resolutions for a healthier 2017.”
To which, the proper response should be, “Oh, puh-leeze.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the Royal College of Surgeons has all kinds of resources and data at its disposal about the causes of ill health. But the best it could come up with is “cake culture”?
How about we focus on the health risks…