Sunday 18 March 2018

The best moments from Operation Transformation through the years

Dr Eva Orsmonde was the OT doctor until 2013. Photo: RTE
Dr Eva Orsmonde was the OT doctor until 2013. Photo: RTE
Operation Transformation - Dr Eva Orsmond
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Celebrity Operation Transformation begins tomorrow night when some of Ireland's well-known faces will take to the scales, dressed in lycra, in front of the nation. With that in mind, here are some of the top moments from Operation Transformation through the years...

1. Dr Eva Orsmonde’s outburst at leader Charlotte

In 2013, Dr Eva berated leaer Charlotte O’Connell (23) and told her to 'cop on' after she missed her weight-loss target by a half a pound.

RTE was inundated with phone calls and emails after the show labelling Dr Eva's reaction as “an utter disgrace”.

Speaking on the John Murray show on RTE Radio 1 this morning, however, Dr Eva defended her comments. “It looks like I was very hard on her but can I remind you that Operation Transformation is a TV show.

“I felt very frustrated and that's what came across. I am frustrated by our obesity levels. But anyone who meets me outside the TV cameras knows I am a very caring person.”

When asked why Charlotte should take the brunt of her frustration |Dr Eva replied: “Because she is representing all those young people who are either overweight or obese.”

2. Dr Ciara Kelly accuses leader of 'being drunk on TV'

Eilish Kavanagh from Bunclody with Kathryn Thomas, presenter of Operation Transformation after she was criticised for drinking on a day out at the races.

Last year, Operation Transformation's doctor criticised Wexford woman Eilish Kavanagh (47)  for drinking alcohol during her regime after she missed her target weight loss of 2lbs.

"Operation Transformation is about getting the country healthy and one of our five leaders went out this week and got drunk on TV," Dr Kelly said.

Eilish replied that she wasn't drunk - but Dr Kelly interjected, saying: "It's what it looked like and I'm disgusted because there are people around the country following you.

"There are young people watching this show, there are kids watching this show and I thought that was appalling.

3. "Part of me was a bit pissed off when I saw your wife making your meatballs"

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John Conmy on RTE's Operation Transformation.

Leader John Conmy lost 12lbs in his first week after being given the all-clear by a cardiologist to continue with the show despite a condition called atrial fibrilation.

However, dietician Aoife Hearne felt he needed to take more responsibility himself.

“What a start. I am not disappointed because how could you be with a 12 pounds right? But for me the habits are so, so, so important and I suppose, I didn’t necessarily see the effort of you taking responsibility," she said.

"There was a part of me that was a bit pissed off when I saw your wife making your meatballs. You need to take responsibility for this,” she said.

4. “This craic of going to Dublin and getting shouted at, I don’t know..."

John Conmy and Kathryn Thomas on Operation Transformation

When he failed to hit his target for the second week in a row dietician Aoife Hearne had some harsh words for leader John Conmy.

She said, “I don’t believe there has been any change, to be honest. There are people round the country who are looking up to you as their leader and if I was sitting at home watching you now, I’d be like ‘what is he doing, like seriously, what is he doing?’."

Back in the kitchen of his restaurant – Fun Bobby’s Bistro in Belmullet – he says: “I didn’t make my target this week, so I am pretty pissed about that.

"I am pissed about the experts saying I am not putting in the work. This was supposed to be an adventure, a journey. This was supposed to be ‘get yourself in shape’ and all that’s coming out of it is just, honest to God, negativity.

“This craic of going to Dublin and getting shouted at, I don’t know... “I have never, ever experienced anything like it”.

5. Leader Dan Kennedy forced to withdraw from show for medical reasons

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Dan Kennedy

When he admitted at the first weigh-in that he had been suffering from stomach cramps and had been passing blood, Dan underwent tests at St Michael's Hospital in Dun Laoghaire and was diagnosed with severe colitis. He was admitted to hospital and was later advised that he was not medically fit to continue with the programme.

6. Karl Henry drops the F-Bomb in row with Dr Eddie Murphy

Tempers flared during the Dublin Fire Brigade Challenge earlier this year when the Operation Transformation leaders went head to head with the show's experts.

During the exercise, things got a little heated for Karl and Eddie who were holding a large fire hose.

"Stop stop stop, don’t, DON’T! Eddie the camera!" shouted Karl as the pair struggled to keep the hose under control.

"Eddie, ****, take your ****ing hand away, take your hand away! It’s ****ing dangerous," Karl shouted.

7. Leader Penny Dwyer signs up after doctors told her she was too heavy to conceive

Penny Dwyer (34) from Kilkenny was told by doctors that her weight was preventing her from having a child, and she decided to change her life.

And to her utter delight, little Skye Harmony Dwyer was born in 2011 after the show.

"There are no words, it's amazing.

"It was one of the reasons why I applied [for Operation Transformation]. I'm going back to nappies and crying now, and it'll be good fun. We're looking forward to it.


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