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Take off pounds—together

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Q What’s your opinion about joining a personal wellness program, say Weight Watchers, at work with your boss and colleagues? I’m not sure I want to “get personal” with these folks. But I do want to lose weight, and there’s a discount for employees.

A There are pros and cons. You share their goal of losing weight, so you can support each other and maybe bond a bit. But there’s a downside: It can lead to jealousy, competitiveness and oversharing. Consider that if some co-workers are thinner to start with—and they lose more weight—it’s a blow to people who are heavier and struggle to diet.

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