"Excellent Products" iParenting Media Award
Mom's Choice Awards® Finalist

Just for Overweight or Obese Kids!

In this first-of-its-kind book, the important health themes “served up” in an easy-to-read style are intended to help overweight kids get on a healthy track, as well as motivate those within a healthy weight range to not only continue making wise lifestyle choices, but also better understand and empathize with peers currently struggling with a weight problem.

Click here to read a review by a Second Grade
teacher who used the book for an in-class lesson
on nutrition & lifestyle-based wellness


Buy The Book!

Paperback For 5-14 Year Olds - $11.95:

Choose Gender:

Digital eBook (full text) for Kids Ages 5-14 - just $1.49!

Choose Gender:

Digital Coloring & Activity eBook For Kids 6 and Under - only .99¢!

Choose Gender:

Buy The APP!

Includes BOTH the girl & boy digital eBook editions (full text)
Recipes, Fun Activities, Parent/Educator Tools & Resources
- just $2.99!

Learn more here

"It's a thrilling book...a great way to inspire a child and educate the child at a very early it!"

- Bob Greene, on Oprah & Friends
XM Satellite Radio Program

This Book Was Featured On:
Oprah & Friends

"This [book] is a very good idea...the
best thing I think you can do for your kids..."

- Sally Jessy Raphael

"[This book] is easily relatable and is a good tool for parents to help their children learn about the benefits of healthy habits."
- The Alliance Review

About the Book
This award-winning, ground-breaking fictional children’s book depicts the life of an average overweight American kid as (s)he encounters the emotional and physical challenges associated with an adolescent overweight condition.

This books uniqueness, however, lies with its mission to not only help children recognize the overwhelming amount of cultural influences that adversely impact their ability to make good lifestyle choices, but also lessen the emotional burden of self-blame carried by those who have internalized sole responsibility for having become overweight or obese. Releasing this burden enables these kids to re-focus their emotional and physical energy on making positive, healthful changes in their life.

In the end, this is a book of hope that spotlights a representative overweight child who, by better understanding society's many pressures and influences as well as the importance of living healthfully, achieved his/her goal of living a happier, more fulfilling life.

I was a fat kid, who grew to a fat teen, who maintained a chubby adult. I just wanted to say that you're book is looooong overdue, and I would like to thank you for writing such a book for young boys and girls. I wish I had this book growing up - millions say things like that everyday, but, for me it's the truth... It made me cry to think how easy it could've been to change myself had I the education, or even more simply - this book. I'll thank you for the kids you're helping with these books: THANK YOU!
- Anthony M.

Take a Sneak Peek Inside:
Excerpt 1
, Excerpt 2, Excerpt 3, Excerpt 4

In the News:

Select 2014 Media Coverage (not all inclusive):

Family Fun Magazine
Brooklyn Family Magazine
Houston Family Magazine
Connecticut Parent Magazine

Courier Times (NC)
National Examiner
Parents Canada

WRNJ Radio
WTOP Radio
Mom Talk Radio
One Life Radio

Select Media Coverage prior to 2014 (not all inclusive):
Click here to read a review of the book by The Alliance Review
Click here to listen to the author's interview on Sandy Steele's "Honey, Trust Me On This" radio program
Click here to view a write-up about the Author's interview with Bob Greene his XM Satellite Oprah & Friends radio program
Click here to listen to the author's interview with Sally Jessy Raphael on her "Open House" radio program
Click here to listen to the Author's interview on NPR's News & Notes with Ed Gordon program (click the "Listen" icon on the next page)
Click here to read a book review article by the Tracy Press
Click here to listen to the Author's interview on CBS Radio's Sunday Morning Magazine Program
Click here to listen to the Author's interview with Mom Talk Radio
Click here to read a book review article by
Click here to read the Author's Op-Ed that ran in The Press Enterprise
Click here to read a variety of childhood obesity-related articles authored by Merilee Kern

Press Releases:


Pioneering ‘Kids Making Healthy Choices’ APP Aims to Inspire and Empower Kids and Parents to Avoid Childhood Obesity and Impede Bullying Related Thereto

Prior to 2014:

Childhood Obesity Confronted at the Front Line with Re-Launch of Fictionals Children’s Book Under New Title ‘Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids’

West Virginia’s Kanawha County Public Library Integrates ‘Novel’ Obesity-Related Fictional Children’s Book into its Inventory

Obesity-Related Fictional Children’s Book Wins a 2006 ‘Excellent Products’ iParenting Media Award

Revgear Sports Integrates Obesity-Related Fictional Children's Book Into its Wholesale Kids' Health "Empowerment Package"

Local Author to Lead a Children's Book Reading and Discussion on Childhood Obesity at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 18th

Obesity-Related Fictional Children's Book Passes California Department of Education's Out-of-Cycle Legal and Social Compliance Review

Adolescent "Heart-Smart Art Contest" Winners Announced

HealthTime, LLC Integrates Childhood Obesity-Related Fictional Children's Book into Innovative Adolescent Weight Management Program

Fitwize 4 Kids® and Fictional Childhood Obesity Book Author Announce "Heart-Smart Art Contest" Call for Entries

Fictional Children's Book Breaks New Ground in Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Ground-Breaking Obesity-Related Fictional Children's Book Now Available at Grandma's Healthy Kids Club

Why is this Book Important?
Click here
to read testimonials from concerned people just like you
Click here to read an elightening article replete with statistics
Click here to read a summary of the Institute of Medicine's
report on "Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth"
Click here to read findings from a study published in the JAMA citing "poor fitness common in teens"
Click here to read findings from a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine correlating obesity with neighborhood safety

Click here to access the CDC's Body Mass Index calculator and BMI information specific to children and teens

Attention Resellers!
Click here
to access the Wholesale Book Order Form

Just Who Is Merilee Kern?
Click here
to read about the Author

E-mail the Author

What Respected Health,
and Other, Experts
Are Saying:

"I'm thrilled to talk about your new book - I think it's a really innovative way to reach kids...this book I think is a great way to do that."
- Bob Greene, Oprah & Friends on XM Radio

"We know how important it is for young children to learn to make the right decisions about food and exercise. Your books are a very valuable resource that a parent or teacher can share with a child."
- Lucille Santarelli, Scholastic Book Clubs

"It's is about time that someone wrote a book for kids about obesity in a positive format. I am ordering a few today. I plan to work with a local pediatritian in solo practice to help his obese patients, and this is the ticket."
- Karen White RN,WCMT

“This story’s realistic and empathetic portrayal of a child struggling with weight issues, which is depicted in a non-combative tone and style sure to resonate with adolescents, will go a long way in motivating our nation's youth, and their parents, to make positive lifestyle changes.”
- Susan Burke, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE

“This book is a must read for parents who want to empower their child by understanding the negative societal influences they are up against each day, and exactly how to make decisive changes to get them on track toward a lifetime of health and wellness.”
- Julia Griggs Havey, Motivational Speaker, Author of Awaken the Diet Within, LifeChanger, and The Vice Busting Diet

“Every overweight child in America would benefit by reading this inspirational book of hope, which depicts a representative overweight child who achieved his goal of living a healthier, happier life by first understanding why the problem exists and, in turn, making decisive changes.”
- Kelli Calabrese, MS, 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year, Author of Feminine, Firm & Fit

“Simple and to the point, this book provides the framework for opening up lines of communication between parents and their overweight children. It does a wonderful job of portraying an average overweight adolescent as he encounters - and ultimately triumphs over - the overwhelming amount of commercial, organizational and social stimulus that, on both a conscious and subconscious level, adversely affect his lifestyle choices. A real value for the health conscious parent! ”
- Dr. John H. Sklare, Ed.D., Author of The Inner Diet

"I love this book! I think it's a tool that will be very helpful for kids who need motivation and education to help them lose weight!"
- Bev Grey, President
Grandma's Healthy Kids Club, Inc.

"What a wonderful job you have done, I truly appreciate the work you have put into the study and your book."
- Barbara Goodman, Editorial Director
Canadian Health & Lifestyle Magazine

"Fitwize 4 Kids' fundamental mission is to enhance our kids' collective understanding of how to make wise lifestyle choices, and to instill the motivation and desire to get - and stay - on a healthy track throughout their lifetime. Ms. Kern's new children's book is a fantastic tool in working toward this end, and we're extremely pleased to partner with her to champion the health of our nation's youth."
- Warren Gendel, Founder & President
Fitwize 4 Kids, Inc.

"...the books are wonderful!"
- Cindy Sanchez, Owner/Editor

"It’s great to have a book that illustrates the problems with weight gain – and then a simple solution to one of the components (activity)."
- Phil Black, Founder and President
FitDeck, Jr.

"I recently purchased the PDF of the coloring and activity book for children and really enjoyed it..."
- Sarah Kushner, MS, RD, LDN North Shore Pediatric Therapy, Inc.

"I read it and enjoyed it...Thank you for your important work."
- Carol Mader Hale, Editor
Real News for Real Kids
Colorado Kids

"We’re brand-new, and we just wanted to let you know that we’re big fans of yours. We featured you[r book] on our blog recently"
- Maureen O’Connor, Publisher
The Alternative Consumer

"I'm excited to tell others about the new APP based on your book. It's a fun and unique way to reach kids. What a great way to get kids to stay on a healthy track!."
- Raphael Calzadilla, B.A., CPT, ACE

















MBA Program
Find Information On Which MBA Program is best for you.