Office cake research

The research: rethinking office cake offers employers an opportunity

In 2017, Lou conducted the first academic research into office cake culture as part of her Masters in Obesity and Weight Management at the University of Chester. The study surveyed almost 1000 UK office workers. Here are some of the key findings:

  • Office cake culture changes employee eating habits and their waistlines so could increase health risk
  • If cake is available, people eat it
  • People want cake less often than it is currently available.
  • 95% of respondents said the ideal frequency for office cake was once a week or less; 41% said once a month
  • People value the social, morale-boosting effects of office cake but recognise negative consequences such as weight gain, difficulty eating healthily at work and difficulty sticking to a diet.

Among other things, this data suggests it is feasible to rethink office cake to achieve a healthier, more productive balance between the social benefits and health risks without anyone feeling deprived.

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