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Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch Pens Children’s Book Based On His Battle With The Bulge

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York City mayor Ed Koch has written a children’s book based on his experience as a chubby child.
The book is called “Eddie Shapes Up” and is written Koch’s sister Pat Koch Thaler, who he says also was overweight as a kid.

“It’s a reference to the fact that I was a pudgy kid who suffered a lot when other kids called me ‘fatso,'” Koch told 1010 WINS.

The story is about a an overweight boy who hates recess because he is an easy dodge ball target, but eventually decides to get healthy with the support of his friends and family.

“It talks about my childhood when I was pudgy and fat and suddenly I changed, you can do it, any child can do it,” Koch said.

"Eddie Shapes Up" by Ed Koch and Pat Koch Thaler

"Eddie Shapes Up" by Ed Koch and Pat Koch Thaler

The 86-year-old Koch said he wanted to write the book to help children understand the importance of a healthy diet and exercise throughout their lives.

The book, which will be published by Zagat in September, is recommended for children ages 4 to 8.

The book features illustrations by Jonathan Hoefer and an introduction written by former President Bill Clinton.

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  • Rosa Bogar

    I would like to share my children’s book with Ed Koch it is titled “The lollipop Tree” and these “suckers” are flavored with some great insight. I will be coming to New York City next month to visit a school that named to honor the late Chancellor Dr. Richard R. Green. Let me know Hon. Koch if it is possible to meet you.I contacted you a few months ago. Rosa Bogar

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  • Schmellma Arss

    This is very appropriate from the little boy who has always behaved like a little girl.

  • Brian

    I think it is just another self serving over publiclisized politican looking for attention and money not the least bit concerned with the damage he or she is doing. The message: If you overweight your no good so you better get in shape to be at least considered for acceptance by society.
    Thanks Ed…” How you doing????”

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