Dr Ciara Kelly refutes claims from BodyWhys, the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland, that RTÉ One’s Operation Transformation had the potential to have a “negative impact on mental health” and was “triggering” to many users of the service.
RTÉ has now defended the new season, which aired on Wednesday night, due to its more “holistic” approach.
“In this year’s series, for example, the weekly check-in (the part of the show where the leaders meet the experts) incorporates an overall health check looking at a range of health indicators including blood pressure, cholesterol, hydration, sleep quality and psychological wellbeing.
Viewers have long expressed their concerns about the show, with some calling it “fatphobic”, and have criticised the “humiliating” and revealing Lycra outfits worn at weekly weigh-ins.
In Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart, the team from Operation Transformation are back to try and help people get through these challenging times.
This is not a weight loss series. It is about providing individuals and families with the tools to sustain our collective effort.
Clinical Psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy will be offering tips on mental health and our resident GP Dr Sumi Dunne will be on hand to advise people on their health concerns. Dietician Aoife Hearne will be offering ideas on meal planning, weekly shops and there will be helpful “how to cook” videos available online.
While Karl Henry, the champion of the Ad Break Challenge will be showing people how they can stay fit in their homes. All exercises, resources tips and recipes will be available online.
At the heart of any series of Operation Transformation is people sharing their lives and experiences and, in doing so, helping others.
In this series we will be following the lives of households who have asked for the support of the Operation Transformation experts.
An aerial video of the pupils and staff of a Limerick primary school forming a stick man shape – doing jumping jacks and a keepy uppy for Operation Transformation! The 181 boys and girls and 15 staff of Caherline National School all took part in the display. It was filmed using a drone and directed by teacher Bridget Lambert. Operation Transformation airs tonight at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.
This year Operation Transformation [Wednesdays and Thursday nights at 8.30pm on RTÉ One] is encouraging viewers to get moving during the ad breaks with some simple exercises designed by OT fitness expert Karl Henry that can be done in front of the couch and we’ve brought in some friends of the show to demonstrate. Celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean and his fiancée, socialite Lisa Murphy worked up a sweat doing some jogging bum-kicks.