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Weight is almost over for TV's loss leaders

Allison Bray

Published 14/11/2012 | 05:00

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YOUNG mother-of-two Leanne Reddy is hoping to get her health and figure back on track as part of RTE's hit health programme 'Operation Transformation'.

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The 27-year-old Dublin native, who now lives with her husband Tom and children in Portlaoise, Co Laois, is dangerously overweight at close to 14 stone, suffering from high blood pressure and low energy levels.

But, like the 19 other finalists hoping to win a place as one of five team leaders on the sixth series of the show, she is determined to shift the weight and get active again.

And as a healthcare professional, fellow finalist Sean Hodnett (35) also knows the dangers of being morbidly obese at more than 25 stone.

The psychiatric nurse, who hails from west Cork but lives in Cavan with his wife and two young children, is also hoping to reverse the damage done by years of poor eating and lack of exercise as one of the programme's participants.

They were among 20 finalists vying for a chance to be team leaders on the show next year who were assessed by a panel of experts at the Sportslink Sports and Leisure Centre in Santry, north Dublin, yesterday.

Along with being assessed on their physical and psychological suitability as team leaders, RTE Radio One's John Murray put all 20 finalists through their paces live on his radio show where they were quizzed on how their weight had affected their lifestyle and confidence and how they planned to transform their lives and those of their team.

The team leaders will be announced next week when series host Kathryn Thomas will drop by their homes to deliver the news in person. The series will air on RTE One early in the new year.

Irish Independent

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