Mayor Koch Talks to Radio Listeners About Being an Overweight Child

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Mayor Ed Koch tells Radio listeners what it was like growing up fat and how parents should handle raising an overweight child.

I was a fat kid, and when I was in the schoolyard, the other kids would call me 'fatso' and I will tell you that it seared my soul.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and author of the recently released children’s book, Eddie Shapes Up, shares stories of his challenges as a “chubby child” and his advice to parents of kids struggling with their weight on a Radio special podcast. The original interview aired live on Friday, October 7th.

Speaking with host, Linda Frankenbach, founder and CEO of and, Mayor Koch, explained, “I was a fat kid, and when I was in the schoolyard, the other kids would call me ‘fatso,’ and I will tell you that it seared my soul.”

In the half-hour interview, he tells parents to support their children, “You have to encourage a child, never make fun of a child. Other children are mean-spirited and will make fun – that’s the nature of being a child. But a parent can’t make the boy or the girl feel additionally upset because they think you don’t love them because they’re fat.”

On how to handle a child’s weight issue, Mayor Koch added, “What’s right? Not to go on a diet – children should never be put on a diet, but to eat responsibly, to eat well.“

He continues, “Here I am in my 87th year, and I eat responsibly but occasionally I’ll do something that’s irrational. I had a milkshake recently and it was so good that I ordered a second one. Now that was ridiculous – but I said aw the hell with it, I don’t do things like this regularly. People have to understand that’s real life. You’re not going to constantly do what’s logical but you have to reinforce the desire of the child to be rational.”

In the Radio interview, Mayor Koch shares his opinions on bullying prevention, sales tax on soda, staying healthy, the importance of support, the role of government in the fight against obesity, and finally some important advice for kids, “I would say to all of the children, girls and boys: life is very precious. Make the most of life, and don’t just go the easy route. The tougher route is usually better.” is the first social network for parents of overweight kids and teens. It provides the specialized support, information, and expert advice that parents need to help their overweight child. is a separate companion site to is a new web community where teen girls struggling with their weight (ages13-18) can go to feel good about themselves, access tools that help them make positive lifestyle changes to last a lifetime, laugh, get reliable information, build friendships, and find support.

Eddie Shapes Up, co-authored with Mayor Koch’s sister, Pat Koch Thaler, reflects the obstacles children face and inspires them to take charge of their health through good nutrition and exercise.

Susan S. Raisch
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