Wednesday 22 November 2017

Viewers were unhappy with one thing on Operation Transformation this week

Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly
Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly
Yvonne Keenan Ross on Operation Transformation.
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Viewers were unhappy with one thing on Operation Transformation this week.

The tenth series of Operation Transformation kicked off on RTE on Wednesday night, and viewers got to meet three of the leaders that will aim to lose weight and improve their lifestyle in the coming weeks.

An integral part of Operation Transformation is the weekly weigh-ins, whereby the female leaders strip down into leggings and a sports bra and the male leaders wear shorts before they step on the scales.

However, viewers were unhappy with the fact that the contestants have to strip down before they are weighed, with some saying it's "body shaming."

Yvonne Keenan Ross on Operation Transformation.
Yvonne Keenan Ross on Operation Transformation.

"I love the show but I still struggle with why they can't wear a tshirt?" wrote one user on Twitter, who then commented, "I mean [in] Weight Watchers you go in fully clothed."

"One major question: Why do the contestants have to bare all during the weigh in? It's body shaming," said another.

"Agree with the concept of Operation Transformation but putting people in front of the nation every week to bare all is so unfair."

A former Operation Transformation leader, Killian Byrne, was "glad to see the Lycra remains on Operation Transformation."

"So important to see the leaders physical changes through over the weeks," he said.

A spokesperson for RTE told Independent.ie: "Since the series began 10 years ago, The Operation Transformation leaders have worn the lycra at the weekly weigh-ins so they and their followers can visibly see the progress they are making each week."

"Down through the years the leaders have agreed that it helped them see the difference in their bodies across the eight week programme. If any leader feels uncomfortable in the crop top, they are given the option to wear a longer one, from series One right through to our Celebrity Operation Transformation last year."

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