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

Children's health advocates, authors team to help children
lose weight and get healthy

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 2005 - Two-time bodybuilding champion and children's health advocate Merilee A. Kern, MBA, today announced that her newly released fictional children's book "It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids" ( is now being offered by Grandma's Healthy Kids Club (, an in-home program designed to help children lose weight safely that was founded by company President Bev Grey, Author of "The Project".

It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids is a first-of-its-kind fictional children's story 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.

"I love this book," noted Grey. "I strongly believe that it's an extremely useful a tool to help kids better understand and navigate the many health 'landmines' throughout society, educate them on why, and how, to lose weight, and motivate them to do just that. This very unique children's book is a welcome addition to the many kids' weight-loss resources that Grandma's Healthy Kids Club offers."

Written for children ages 8 through 13, the paperback, as well as the Coloring and Activity E-Book adaptation for children 7 and under, uniquely depicts an average overweight American child as (s)he encounters - and ultimately overcomes - the emotional and physical challenges associated with an adolescent overweight condition. Through both easy-to-read text and endearing illustrations by esteemed artist Jerry DeCrotie, who illustrates for top-tier magazines including Highlights® for Children, It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight empowers its young readers to recognize and combat the constant stream of negative cultural influences, motivates them to make decisive changes in their lifestyle, illustrates practical behaviors that will help improve their health, and encourages children by depicting how their life can benefit if their weight is under control.

About the Author
Child health advocate Merilee A. Kern, MBA is the Co-Founder and CEO of Healthy Kids' Catalog ( - an online storefront offering a wide array of "Solutions That Foster Healthy Children™." Ms. Kern has worked in the $48-billion plus weight loss industry for over half a decade, including a multi-year tenure as a marketing executive with, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIET), a leading online nutrition, fitness and healthy living destination. Ms. Kern is a life-long fitness enthusiast and former bodybuilding champion twice over. She has spent all of her adult years devoted to good nutrition, fitness and healthy living - a lifestyle that she, together with her husband whom she met at the gym, now impart on their two young children. She earned both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She can be reached via email at or via telephone at 858-577-0206.

Note to Editors: If you would like to receive a free reviewer's hard and/or electronic PDF-formatted copy of this title, please contact Merilee Kern at 858-577-0206 or with your format (hard copy or electronic) and edition (boy, girl, or both) preference as well as your shipping information, if required. To access an online zip file containing the front and back cover jacket design, including health expert endorsements, for both editions along with story and illustration excerpts, go to Additional information, including childhood obesity statistics, can be found at