I think this blog post misses the mark a bit. It seems a bit too personal, with only a tangential association with cancer prevention. The author seems personally frustrated, and unfortunately I think this frustration mutes a potentially interesting discussion about workplace culture. The author paints a rather dismal picture of her workplace, with the health conscious on one side and everyone else behaving like “frenzied” fools with a hedonistic lust for anything and everything sugary and sweet. It’s a tad dramatic, and it’s sincerely off-putting. I think a more useful way to frame this discussion would be to discuss how growing evidence on the link between an unhealthy diet and cancer is perceived, and how it is borne out culturally. The workplace is a good place to observe this. People are bombarded with messages about the effects of obesity on their health (including cancer), but making the transition to more healthy food choices is not easy. Even if the desire to change is there we are exposed to things in the workplace that make this very difficult. As you described many workplaces have a culture where it is normal, and often expected, that morning teas or meetings are accompanied by high fat- high sugar foods. I think the important observation from your blog post is that people not only have to find the personal will power to change but have to contend with social pressure as well. I think the suggestions need to focus more on ways that we can promote a cultural change in how we view food in the workplace. Your suggestions seem to focus on actually hiding or misleaading workmates or confronting them in an extremely patronizing manner, which seems counterproductive to the cause. Being open and honest about your food choices and sharing your reasons for change when asked seems a better path. There is an interesting article in the Atlantic Weekly (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/06/the-perfected-self/8970/) about the resurgence of behaviour modification in changing your diet and health behaviours, which brings up a lot of interesting issues relevant to a discussion of the pressures faced at the workplace and how to effectively transition into a healthier lifestyle.

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