Saving Our Children's Future

Greaux Healthy

Pennington Biomedical’s bold initiative to reduce childhood obesity through statewide partnerships based on scientifically proven obesity treatment and prevention programs.

Obesity must be recognized as a complex disease that directly imperils our children and grandchildren.

What You Should Know About Childhood Obesity

It's a Disease

Children with obesity have brains and bodies that have been rewired to gain weight and keep it on. They also live in a world that surrounds them with unhealthy foods and activities.

It's Not Inevitable

Scientists have proven that realistic strategies, like limiting consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, increasing regular physical activity, and reduced sedentary activity, can reduce the risk of children developing obesity.

It's Not Harmless

Seven out of ten children with obesity grow up to be adults with obesity. Those adults go on to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and stroke.

It's Not Funny

The belittling treatment that children with obesity endure, from children and adults alike, can create scars that last a lifetime.

It's Not all Bad News

Childhood obesity is preventable. Family members, caregivers and other role models play a part in helping children make healthy choices. We can reverse the trend!

A Comprehensive Approach to Childhood Obesity

Pennington Biomedicals’s Greaux Healthy Initiative Identifies Four Priority Populations

Expectant Families and Parents of Infants

Research shows the risk of childhood obesity begins before birth, making an expectant mother’s healthy pregnancy weight and optimal infant feeding practices, critical early interventions against childhood obesity.

Pre-school Age Children
(2 - 5 years)

Childcare/early education settings will offer opportunities to implement structured evidence-based obesity prevention curricula and activities.

School Age Children
(6 - 12 Years)

Healthy eating, physical activity and weight-loss interventions adapted for school children’s “real world” life are introduced.

(13 - 18 Years)

Working with adolescents to modify behaviors associated with adult obesity and offering bariatric surgery for certain adolescents with severe obesity will avoid debilitating chronic diseases in adulthood.

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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.


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.