Wednesday 29 March 2017

WATCH: John Conmy breaks down as Operation Transformation weigh-in reveals weight gain of 1.5 lbs

John Conmy on RTE's Operation Transformation.
John Conmy on RTE's Operation Transformation.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It has been a difficult journey for Operation Transformation leader John Conmy and this week the Mayo man faced another tough blow.

The 47-year-old chef last week considered quitting the show as he had been criticised for failing to meet his weight loss target two weeks in a row.

At Wednesday night's week six weigh-in it was revealed that rather than lose the expected 2lbs this week he had in fact gained 1.5lb.

Prior to the weigh-in viewers watched as John became emotional while visiting the home where he grew up.

John’s parents died within a few years of each other when he was in his early 20s and he returned home to raise his two younger brothers.

At the weigh-in, following the discovery of his weight gain, a shocked and emotional John broke down in tears.

“I was looking at all the people in Belmullet and Bangor [Erris] and they are rooting for you," said Dr Ciara Kelly.

"They see you as one of their own, you are very much part of the community and they all describe what a great guy you are and how happy you are. Then I saw you in your parents’ family home and the sadness that was there.

“It strikes me that the happiness thing is a persona. I think you are the happy guy, you are Fun Bobby, but you’re not.

Operation Transformation leader Clare Scanlon
Operation Transformation leader Clare Scanlon

"My feeling is there is a fundamental disconnect in you, John, between how you actually feel and what you show the world, including us here.

"When you are disconnected there is an awful lot of work goes into pushing down those emotions you are actually feeling to maintain the front and I think, in order to push it all down, you lean on food and you lean on drink.”

John began to cry and, when asked what was going on, he said: “Just everything, letting people down... From the time my Mum and Dad passed away, I had to probably put up a screen for the lads, make sure they were okay and get them over the line and be happy and chirpy for them. I invested a lot of time in that and a lot of time in my job and I have invested very little time in myself."

Dr Eddie Murphy said, "Like a lot of people, when they put energy into the front and not into their real self, they really struggle. You need to put yourself first. If you don’t, the road is going to run out for you very fast."

John has just two weeks remaining on Operation Transformation and host Kathryn Thomas said, "Now it will take a major intervention by the experts to save John's Operation Transformation."

Fellow leader Clare Scanlan exceeded her weight loss target this week but it wasn't all good news as she was ruled out of running the annual Operation Transformation 5K in the Phoenix Park next week.

“I have strained the cartilage in my right knee so even though I am getting physio and it is getting better... I will be walking it but I won’t be running it," she told Ray D'Arcy on his Radio 1 show.

"I am disappointed over that but I suppose long term I have to live with my knee!”

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