Author helps horses and overweight children

Sacred Heart University Associate Professor Debbie Danowski’s book,Why Can’t My Child Stop Eating?, was released last month. A portion of the proceeds from the book, which is a guide to helping parents understand and overcome emotional overeating in their children, will be donated to The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines (H.O.R.S.E.) of Connecticut, where Danowski is a volunteer.

“We are very grateful for Debbie’s support,” said Patty Wahlers, president of H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, who has rescued more than 650 horses over the last 30 years. “She’s been volunteering here for over a year. She’s good with the horses and has a passion for helping them.”

Former Shelton resident Danowski, who was an overweight child and reached a top weight of 328 pounds, adopted three horses from the organization after she began volunteering there last November. Two months later, she signed a contract to publishWhy Can’t My Child Stop Eating? with Central Recovery Press.

“I’ve always loved animals but horses hold a special place in my heart,” Danowski said. “As an overweight child, I watched other kids being active in ways that I never could. Fat girls don’t ride horses and they surely don’t have the physical stamina to care for them.”

Danowski, who lost half of her body weight 24 years ago, grew up in Stratford and has lived in Trumbull, Shelton and Oxford. She currently lives in Winsted.

About the book

In her book, Danowski offers parents of overweight children guidelines for separating feelings from food and encourages parents to examine their attitudes about eating. She also includes a list of ten reasons parents cannot control their child’s overeating.

Endorsed by supermodel Emme as a “masterful book,” Why Can’t My Child Stop Eating? is Danowski’s fifth book. Her first book, Why Can’t I Stop Eating?was a bestseller at her publishing house. Her other books include The Overeater’s JournalThe Emotional Eater’s Book of Inspiration and Locked Up For Eating Too Much.

“I am very grateful to H.O.R.S. E. of Connecticut and the work they do to save abused and neglected horses,” Danowski said. “It’s a very special place and I want to help as much as I can. My life changed completely when I started volunteering there. If it weren’t for the work they do, my three amazing horses wouldn’t be alive today. I want to make sure many other people get a chance to experience the deep joy and satisfaction I get from caring for horses.”

On tour

Currently, Danowski is promoting her book through a national radio tour. She is scheduled to appear on programs in Atlanta, Norwich, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

“We’re an all-volunteer organization,” Wahlers said. “No one here gets paid from donations or grants that are sent to care for the horses. We have been very lucky that people are so generous with both their time and money so that we are able to save horses who so desperately need help.”

For more information about Danowski’s book, visit For more information about H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, visit or call 860-868-1960.