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Meet
Ezra

The scale only tells one side of the story.  Watch Ezra’s film and you’ll see there’s far more to the obesity epidemic than just a person’s weight.

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Ezra & Charlie's Classmates

Stress and weight stigma both contribute to obesity. Stress may promote struggles with a healthy lifestyle, increasing the risk of obesity. Weight stigma and fat-shaming can increase the odds of developing obesity by six-fold. The combination of stress and negative effects of fat-shaming can lead to health struggles, including sleep loss, which all contribute to poor health and increased weight.

Mr. Miller

As a classroom educator for eleven years, Mr. Miller has seen firsthand the increase in the number of students who are overweight or have obesity.  During that period, he has also watched the budgets for sports and physical education programs shrink and school lunch menus promote less healthy alternatives.

He knows that with the proper support, schools can have a positive influence on childhood obesity, through changes in the school environment which improve physical activity and eating habits.

The Guesser

The Guesser plays the vital role of providing factual information to Ezra in response to her question about her weight.

Few public health problems are as complex as obesity, which has many causes. It is one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases, yet it is widely overlooked and often misunderstood.

With over 30 years of groundbreaking, evidence-based research, Pennington Biomedical is recognized as a world leader in the fight against obesity and related chronic diseases.  No guessing, just hope.

Kelly & Aaron
Charlie's Parents

Like many families today, Charlie’s parents face financial challenges. Healthy food alternatives are often more expensive and not as available as unhealthier foods. 

People in the poorest neighborhoods typically must travel further to reach a supermarket or grocery store and have 2.5 times more exposure to fast food than those in wealthy neighborhoods.   

Sometimes the healthier option is not an option at all.

Ezra's Parents

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Jayla & Caleb
Ezra's Parents

Ezra’s parents have always struggled with obesity, which means Ezra had an 80% chance of having obesity.

While there are very few obesity genes, there are hundreds of genes, markers, and chromosomal regions associated with obesity. And a person’s environment, from preconception and throughout their life, influences genetic factors linked to obesity. Obesity is a generational disease that commonly runs in families.

Meet
Charlie

Everyone looks at obesity differently in America.  But the only way to see an end to the epidemic is to see it through the eyes of those who live with it every day.

Watch Charlie’s film and see for yourself.