RTÉ has issued a response to criticism of its wholesome residing programme Operation Transformation.
Earlier right this moment, the Consuming Problems Affiliation of Eire, Bodywhys, stated a lot of its service customers discovered the present to be “triggering” and that it precipitated them misery, impacting negatively on their psychological well being.
In an announcement, it stated: “Though the present has a optimistic goal, aspiring to carry focus to well being and wellbeing, the appreciable emphasis on weight-reduction plan, physique weight and form and the best way these are measured, collectively counted and offered, create a neighborhood sanctioned weight-reduction plan tradition that analysis exhibits does little to attain long-lasting weight reduction or well being promotion.”
RTÉ, in an announcement, stated: “Now in its fifteenth season, Operation Transformation has developed significantly over time and now encompasses a extra holistic strategy to adopting and sustaining a wholesome way of life in addition to losing a few pounds.
“On this yr’s collection, for instance, the weekly check-in (the a part of the present the place the leaders meet the specialists) incorporates an total well being examine taking a look at a spread of well being indicators together with blood strain, ldl cholesterol, hydration, sleep high quality and psychological wellbeing.
“Weekly targets for the leaders will now be set in quite a lot of areas.
“This additional demonstrates the holistic nature of the collection and all of the areas of help and recommendation our well being specialists give to our leaders all through.”
RTÉ cited some findings from a 2021 survey by Wholesome Eire to guage the effectiveness of Operation Transformation.
It said: “74% [of respondents] stated that they’d made a number of optimistic way of life modifications because of watching the present, together with 41% being extra lively, 33% consuming more healthy meals and 23% taking care of their psychological wellbeing.”
The assertion concluded: “In earlier seasons the leaders have spoken concerning the long-standing optimistic influences this expertise has given them and viewers have spoken about how the leaders impressed them to do the identical.”
On the launch of its New Yr schedule two weeks in the past, RTÉ stated Operation Transformation – which returns for a brand new collection tonight – “gives the motivation all of us want to remodel our our bodies and our minds”.