Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, is a writer, physician, and researcher. Her coming-of-age memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional Irish-American family, Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full, was published in November, 2016 by Central Recovery Press.
At the age of four, Anne McTiernan is left by her mother at a boarding school. Overcome by sadness from the neglect she experienced there, Anne emotionally and physically starves. A doctor, appalled by her excessive weight loss, forces Anne’s mother to bring her home, but she is still not safe.
Set in working-class, Irish-American Boston of the 1950s–1960s, Anne transitions from a malnourished state to obesity to obsessive dieting. Without love and support from her family, Anne decides she must take full responsibility for her own life during her last eighteen months as a minor.
Dr. McTiernan conducts research on the effects of diet, exercise, and weight loss on cancer and health at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, and is a Professor at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine. She has published more than 390 scientific manuscripts, is lead author of the book, Breast Fitness (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and Editor of Cancer Prevention and Management through Exercise and Weight Control (CRC Press LLL, 2005) and Physical Activity, Dietary Calorie Restriction, and Cancer (Springer; 2010). Her international leadership related to nutrition and physical activity includes the World Cancer Research Fund expert panel, the 2008 and 2018 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committees, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the American Cancer Society.
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