Helping Children Create Healthy Lifestyles

Zoe, a puggle puppy, loves to eat, especially human food that her owner Kate shares with her. But when the vet declares that Zoe is an overweight “fat Zoe”, Kate confesses that her classmates call her “fatso.” Will Zoe and Kate get healthy?

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. “Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last thirty years,” according to the Centers for Disease control and it is now the number one health concern among parents, topping drug abuse and smoking. It is so much of a concern that former Surgeon General Richard Carmona recently commented, “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” This, paired with the increase in bullying among obese children, demonstrates it is time to take steps to alleviate this growing health issue.

THEY CALL ME FAT ZOE: Helping Children and Families Overcome Obesity (New Horizon Press/Small Horizons, June 2012) by Dr. Don Martin, Dr. Magy Martin and Dr. Paige Krabill, the newest addition to the “Let’s Talk Series” for young children, addresses the issue of obesity. Told from the point of view of an overweight puggle puppy, it chronicles the journey of Zoe and her young master, Kate, toward a healthier, fit lifestyle. Filled with colorful illustrations and tips, strategies and techniques, THEY CALL ME FAT ZOE teaches children, their parents, educators and healthcare professionals proven strategies, tips and actions to conquer this serious and growing problem.

The Martins and Krabill have worked with thousands of obese children through their years of practice. Using a dose of doggy humor plus revealing necessary lifestyle changes and behavioral techniques, they tackle this timely issue. THEY CALL ME FAT ZOE covers dietary and behavioral changes necessary to create a healthy environment for the whole family.


Dr. Don Martin
has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for over twenty-five years. He is the coordinator of the school counseling graduate program at Youngstown State University in Ohio and a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. He received his master’s degree from Radford University in Virginia and his PhD from the University of North Texas. Don has written over sixty research articles and four books.

Dr. Magy Martin is a clinical psychologist in private practice and with her husband. She received her EdD from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma and her master’s degree from Colorado State University, Colorado. She resides with her husband, Don, in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

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 Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Krabill holds a PsyD from Miami Institute of Psychology. She lives in Hudson, Ohio.

The Call Me Fat Zoe
Helping Children and Families Overcome Obesity

By Dr. Don Martin, Dr. Magy Martin, Dr. Paige Krabill
New Horizon Press – Small Horizons
June 2012
Juvenile Fiction/Self-Help
ISBN: 978-0-88282-377-5
$9.95 pb – color illustrations
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