FAIRFIELD, Conn. – An associate professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield found a way to address two important interests in her life -- obesity and horses -- when publishing her most recent book.
Debbie Danowski, a Winsted resident, released the book, "Why Can’t My Child Stop Eating?" earlier this summer. It is a guide to helping parents understand and overcome emotional overeating by their children.
A portion of the proceeds from the book 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, which has rescued more than 650 horses in the last 30 years, in a statement. “She’s been volunteering here for over a year. She’s good with the horses and has a passion for helping them.”
Danowski, who was an overweight child and reached a weight of 328 pounds, adopted three horses from the organization after she began volunteering last November.
“I’ve always loved animals but horses hold a special place in my heart,” Danowski said in a statement. "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.
In her book, she offers parents of overweight children guidelines for separating feelings from food. The book also encourages parents to examine their attitudes about eating. She also includes a list of 10 reasons parents can’t control their child’s overeating.
"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 Journal," "The 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 in the statement. “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.”
For more information about Danowski’s book, visit her website.
H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut is at 43 Wilbur Road, Washington, CT. If you would like to make a donation, visit the organization’s website or call 860-868-1960 tor more information.