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Should we ban cake at work, like they do in childcare? - Melanie Pescud writes in

1st February 2017

RegNet Research Fellow, Melanie Pescud has weighed in to the debate on cake in the workplace in an article published on

“The weekly morning tea involving cake means that employees are consuming yet another discretionary food, when we are already as a population, are consuming too much.

“Over a year, with all those morning and afternoon teas, this could equate to perhaps around 50 pieces of cake, if not more. That’s a lot!

“Basically, if free fruit is provided in the workplace it will be eaten, there is a demand for it. Employees are often grateful for a healthy alternative.

“Healthy food provision isn’t enough, we need comprehensive strategies to support employees to be able to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Melanie in the article.

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