Tennie McCarty


  • Appearances as the food addiction expert on Dr. Oz, A&E, Ruby, and ABC’s “Nightline” as well as having her own reality show called “Addicted to Food” on the OWN nextwork.
  • Introduction by Ashley Judd

One of the foremost experts on eating addiction, Tennie McCarty uses her own inspiring story, as well as the treatment from her famous retreat center, Shades of Hope, to help readers break the endless cycle of diets.

This is not a guide to losing weight. There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another without understanding why because they never look beyond their plates. McCarty believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual solution. An interactive book that asks readers to be a part of their healing, Shades of Hope shares the teachings, therapies, exercises, and mind-set that McCarty has used and developed throughout her career in treating addiction. Drawing from her own personal story, as well as those of her patients, McCarty shows readers how they can create new relationships—with food, their loved ones, and themselves.

“A pioneer in her field who is highly regarded by her peers, [Tennie] combines canny knowledge with intuitive genius, welded together by the hard-earned gifts of her exquisite empathy. She is brilliant.” —Ashley Judd, from the foreword

“Tennie has given a miraculous gift to us all.  [This book] will open your eyes, and you will start living.”—Ruby Gettinger, star of the television show “Ruby”

“Tennie’s book provides a way out for those who live the hell of having food as their master. ” —Ted Klontz, Ph.D.

Tennie McCarty, a certified addictions specialist and licensed counselor in chemical dependency, is one of the foremost experts in treating addiction to behaviors and substances, especially food. Almost twenty-five years ago she cofounded Shades of Hope Treatment Center. Her three daughters now work with her at Shades of Hope, where, as Tennie says, they love people into recovery. Tennie lives with her husband in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

Rights: Amy Einhorn Books/Penguin USA, World