Thursday 22 March 2018

Operation Transformation is not all about fat-shaming in lycra, says leader John Conmy

Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Operation Transformation leader John Conmy (47) has defended the show against allegations of “fat-shaming”.

The issue was debated on the Claire Byrne show earlier this week, with when the host askinged Dr Eva Orsmond what she thought about people who say that having the leaders standing there in the black lycra constitutes “body shaming”.

In response, Dr Orsmond pointed out that the leaders have seen the programme before, and they know exactly how it is run.

“It is really important when you are talking about a TV show that we see the transformation, because these people are not only losing the weight for themselves, they are also leaders, they are trying to inspire the nation,” she said.

Meanwhile, John Mr Conmy told the Herald that he can see how the lycra works, in terms of the programme.

“Each week they show us pictures. They take a picture and then they show us how much our bodies are changing, so from that point of view, it does work,” he said.

“The show has been huge for me to be honest, and it has really set a foundation that I can use going forward. I genuinely think I could be hovering around 15 stone for Christmas this year, which I haven’t been at since I was about 24 or 25 years of age,” John Mr Conmy said.

Early in last night’s episode, viewers saw JohnMr Conmy seriously consider his future in the programme after a tough couple of weeks.

He had failed to meet his target the two weeks previously. 

But the Mayo man was subsequently delighted after posting an eight-pound weight loss this week.

Expert Dr Ciara Kelly praised his efforts. “That’s huge, it’s really big and I can actually see it when you walk out. Your health is turning around to become the health that a 47-year-old man’s health should be,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr Kelly and dietician Aoife Hearne were reduced to tears at the weigh-in for leader Clare Scanlan (39).

Clare hit her target this week, but the experts were moved as she is also making progress in learning to appreciate life again. Her son Darra (15) sadly passed away four years ago from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Read more: 'I've got kicked in the stones three weeks in a row' - Operation Transformation leader John Conmy considers dropping out


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