Missing Out On Cake

For a long time, we’ve mooted the idea of an office fruit bowl.  Someone is always bringing some food in to leave on a desk – usually sweets or biscuits from holiday destinations recently visited (or at least their airports).

Far less frequently than used to happen due to the number of people leaving, there is cake for birthdays (or for people leaving; every cloud and all that).  We have had to start carefully judging the amount of cake we buy, though.

Where I sit, there are 12 people.  One person has Monster Munch sandwiches and half a packet of extra strong mints for lunch.  There are maybe two more people who don’t particularly care what they eat, two who you would say “watch what they eat” and the rest of us are on some sort of “diet” for various reasons.

So the amount of cake we have to buy has decreased, lest it go to waste.  I would hate to see that happening!  Because of the dietary requirements, a fruit bowl makes more sense, but requires maintenance.

However that maintenance may be worth it.  This week, “TV’s sexiest doctors”, Chris and Xand van Tulleken start a three part series on the BBC.  They’ve done an interview in which they call office cake a bigger danger to Britain than smoking or alcohol.  They told the Daily Mail (yes, I know):

Modern Britain is constructed to make you fat and old before your time,’ says Chris. ‘Ocado, Amazon Prime, escalators, lifts, Krispy Kreme donuts – they all conspire to make us unhealthy.  Office cake is the big one. I don’t think there’s been any proper research done, but I reckon it’s a bigger health hazard than smoking or alcohol. There’s a lot of cake pushing in every office in the country. And the pushers are fascists too. It’s all “My daughter made it”, or “It’s my mother’s recipe”. We’re all trying to lose weight and part of losing weight is making other people a bit fat.

This bothers me for two reasons.  Firstly, if cake eaten in the office has direct links to cancer or liver damage, or could spark addiction resulting in crime, it would have been investigated already – I’m pretty sure about that.  We know it’s not “healthy” but in moderation to should be fine.

The idea of moderation is the other reason it bothers me.  If it’s so dangerous and yet I’m not seeing adverse effects of eating the amount of cake I am, then surely that means I can eat more.  I’ve been missing out on cake.  That just feels wrong.

They say we’re in danger
But I disagree
If proven wrong, shame on me
But you’ve had faith in me
So I won’t shy away
Should it all fall down
You’ll have been my favorite mistake

They say
You are dangerous, but I don’t care
I’m gon’ to pretend that I’m not scared
If this only ends in tears
Then I won’t say goodbye
‘Cause I couldn’t care less
If they call us reckless
Until they are breathless
They must be blind

There are voices ringing over
They keep saying, “Danger, danger”
I can’t make them take you under
Makes no difference
No one can take this away
Should it all fall down, I’ll treasure each day

They say
You are dangerous, but I don’t care
I’m gon’ to pretend that I’m not scared
If this only ends in tears
Then I won’t say goodbye
‘Cause I couldn’t…
‘Cause I couldn’t care less
If they call us reckless
Until they are breathless
They must be blind

Let them say there are warning signs
They must be blind
They must be blind
They say

If this only ends in tears
Then I won’t say goodbye

Dangerous by The XX

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