They Call Me Fat Zoe: Helping Children and Families Overcome Obesity

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Zoe, a Puggle, and her owner, Kate, are best friends. They share everything, even their food. After visiting the veterinarian, the doctor informs Zoe and Kate that Zoe is overweight for a puppy. “Fat Zoe” needs to go on a diet or else she will be at risk for health issues in the future. Upon learning this, Kate gets upset and confesses to her mom that the kids at school call her “Fatso” too and do not want to be her friend. Kate and her mom decide to tell the teacher, Mrs. Lopez, about Kate’s situation. With Mrs....

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Zoe, a Puggle, and her owner, Kate, are best friends. They share everything, even their food. After visiting the veterinarian, the doctor informs Zoe and Kate that Zoe is overweight for a puppy. “Fat Zoe” needs to go on a diet or else she will be at risk for health issues in the future. Upon learning this, Kate gets upset and confesses to her mom that the kids at school call her “Fatso” too and do not want to be her friend. Kate and her mom decide to tell the teacher, Mrs. Lopez, about Kate’s situation. With Mrs. Lopez’s help and the doctor’s suggestions for a healthy eating and exercise plan, Kate and her family, Zoe, and friends begin to live healthier, happier lives.

Dr. Don Martin, Dr. Magy Martin and Dr. Paige Krabill create a fun story through the viewpoint of a loveable puppy that confronts the difficulties of childhood obesity. At the end of the book, the authors provide suggestions and activities for children, parents and school administrators to help live wholesome lifestyles and prevent obesity.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1–2—When the vet declares Zoe overweight, readers soon find out that the problem extends beyond the puppy. Her owner, Katie, forgoes the recommended dog food in favor of sharing the ice cream and cookies she eats. It is clear that Katie also has issues with her weight, to the point that she gets teased at school. The wide-eyed characters in the bubbly, color cartoon illustrations function well enough to convey the story's straightforward lesson-that educators, parents, and kids all need to be proactive about eating the right foods and incorporating exercise into their lives. Additional tips on how to do so can be found in the back matter. Best suited as a recommendation from a doctor or health counselor, or as an additional buy for self-help sections.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823775
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: Let's Talk
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Don Martin has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for over twenty-five years. He received his Master's Degree from Radford University in VA and his Ph.D. from North Texas State University, TX. He is the coordinator of the school counseling graduate program at Youngstown State University in OH and a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Magy Martin is a clinical psychologist in private practice and with her husband Don, has written over sixty research articles and four books. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Tulsa, OK and her Masters Degree from Colorado state University, CO. She resides with her husband Don in Beaver, PA.

Dr. Paige Krabill has been a licensed school psychologist and director of special education services for several school districts. She is on the faculty of Cappella University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Krabill holds a Psy.D. from Miami Institute of Psychology. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

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