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Pedestrians walk across the street near Times Square in New York August 28 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

How your company is watching your waistline

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By Kathleen Kingsbury

(Reuters) - Employers tried the carrot, then a small stick. Now they are turning to bigger cudgels.

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For years they encouraged workers to improve their health and productivity with free screenings, discounted gym memberships and gift cards to lose weight. More recently, a small number charged smokers slightly higher premiums to get them to quit.

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