Operation Transformation: Gerry take part! Telly gold awaits you

By Aisling | January 26 2010 | 31 Comments

Operation Transformation is back – and it’s bigger than ever, according to RTE anyway. Pun intended I think.

As the level of obesity in Ireland rises, a hell of a lot of us need to have a bit of a life overhaul in the health department. And so many people are glued to this program as Gerry Ryan and his team aim to transform selected members of the public from unhealthy and overweight to healthy and svelte. They’re coached, put on diets and supported by experts to get to their healthy weight. And in a clever twist this year they have two of the most unhealthy (and loudmouthed) groups in society taking part – taxi drivers and politicians. Well known for their lardy ways, it’s fun seeing this one play out.

We reviewed it last year and reckoned we liked it – but we wanted Gerry to stop saying “wunt” instead of “want”. We still wunt that to happen but how and ever.

I personally think they would shoot the viewing figures into the stratosphere if Gerry himself would take part – but what do you think?


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31 Replies to "Operation Transformation: Gerry take part! Telly gold awaits you"

  • sweetie says:

    Never ever seen it, so can’t say… In all those shows are a bit … not really depressing, but a bit sad for sure… Have anyone seen My Ugly Best Friend on TV? Was watching one episode, my bf was going mental giving out about the ‘pretty’ friend, which was a bit funny to watch, but all in all it was a bit sad, specially when at the end the ‘pretty’ one was ranting about her friend not making enough effort to look better, just cause she said no to lipo. WTF, who wants friends like that?? Wanted to give the ‘ugly’ friend a big hug for all her efforts :)

  • chivas says:

    Can you imagine your best friend saying to you “Do you know what you’d be perfect for…my ugly best friend! We’d be great on the tele, especially me cos I’m the pretty one!”

  • daiseeboo says:

    Gerry Ryan IRRITATES me. Gets right under my skin with his big booming voice and his big booming belly to match. Think it’s a bit rich having an over weight person heading up this show who is not doing something about their own health and food choices. I am not saying that there should be a stick insect presenting but definitely someone who promotes healthy living. Imagine the poor feckers standing on the scales and mutton head there tut tutting behind them if the results are not up to scratch.

  • sweetie says:

    chivas, that’s what I thought! Imagine your bestie doing that – would you be friends at all? I’m all for telling my friends if the outfit doesn’t do them any justice – after all, who else if not the closest ones will tell you that, but declaring – oh, I think you’re ugly, that’s a step too far. And that only episode I saw, IMO, the ‘pretty’ one turned all sour when she saw the end result, she had ‘Damn, now I won’t look as good next to her’ written on her face ;)

  • Babaduck says:

    Jaysis – can you imagine the sight of G Ryan in his speedos on national telly showing off his moobs… VOMIT!!!

  • Twinkletoes says:

    LOVE that pic of Gerry you picked Aphrodite!

    Yeah, get G Ryan on there. I would watch that for sure.

  • Anneml says:

    Chivas, just imagine! How could you even be on speaking terms with someone who described you as their “Ugly Best Friend”? They are really only your friend out of pity!

    Gerry Ryan annoys me and he obviously has NO sense of irony if he is going around dishing out diet advice!

  • baby in a corner says:

    i dunno about these shows in Ireland, I feel sorry for the people who feel the need to tell their whole life stories on TV, you just know everyone will be talking about them in the corner shop the next day. Especially when they tell details about how ugly they feel and how they no self esteem.

  • Hermione says:

    I absolutely can’t stand G Ryan and for that reason, I always avoid Op Transform. I think he’s a spoofer and a hypocrite (the size of him, ffs!). However, I am a sucker for a diet/ foodie show and I’ve totally been sucked into OT this year.

    Nothing would boost their ratings like getting G Ryan to do it himself. Watching him try to run would be hilarious!

  • Ruth says:

    i think out of a lot of the diet shows, this one is the most doable…prob while its so successful… i had a look at the receipes online, and they are all good healthy dinners with ingredients that are easily got in the supermarket.. none of this ridiclous Gillian mcKeith nonsense with ingredients that cost a million euro per pound… i really hate that woman

  • Rosemary says:

    Issues with G Ryan and RTE’s broadcasting choices aside, I am so sick of this obsession with our “obesity problem”. Who cares what size other people’s bodies are? Or our own, for that matter? Being healthy is all well and good but these programmes that show us how to change our bodies (and therefore our lives) leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. Your body is not your life, it is the thing that carries you around, and we shouldn’t keep pandering to this obsession with aesthetics that shows no sign of going away any time soon, more’s the pity…

  • PinkPanther says:

    Are these shows not for thin middle class people to say ‘ugh how do they eat that cr*p, and ugh, how could you be that size’. As I don’t live in Ireland I’m spared the self righteous hypocritical cr*p from Gerry

  • tina says:

    I totally agree, if G Ryan took part himself, the show would be better, viewing figures would go up and people would actually respect him for that.

    I generally hate diet shows. They’re patronising and assume that the viewers are stupid and a lot of them encourage very unhealthy diets (like that one on C4 recently, awful!) However, I think Operation Transformation is an excellent diet show, probably the best there is. The diet (in terms of food) is great, they do exercise, change lifestyles, learn etc and they also address emotional issues. It’s a very healthy, holistic approach. If only it weren’t for G Ryan…. agree with Hermione, he’s a hypocrite!

    Rosemary – Obesity is a very serious problem. The issue is not about how people look but about how healthy people are. Someone might be overweight and in perfectly good health today, but long term, it’s a health risk, just like smoking is. Overweight people are at significantly higher risk of many diseases like diabetes, cancer, cardio vascular disease etc etc, so it’s going to cost the state if people are obese. Overweight people also are generally sick more, so it costs employer in sick days. Obesity/overweight causes more health problems than smoking does, it’s just that the problems aren’t as obvious as lung cancer etc are. In the UK they recently published some ‘obesity figures, how much obesity costs the state, how big portion of illnesses is caused by obesity etc etc, looking at those figures is a big problem and is only getting bigger.
    But, I think the problem is that most people consider weight a looks issue when it really should be looked at as a long term health issue.

  • tina says:

    ps. also forgot to say that the best thing about OT is the way it encourages viewer participation. I think that’s very good and people seem to actually take part.

    sorry for the long post…. ;)

  • Rosemary says:

    Tina, I agree it’s a health issue, but a personal health issue. I don’t buy into this “obese people cost the state xx” because you could apply that to everything. People driving cost the state x amount because they get in crashes (which they wouldn’t if they didn’t drive); people drinking costs the state x amount, people leaving their houses cost x amount… you get what I’m saying. I just feel like SO many of these shows focus on what people look like, and while education is great, I would rather people were given responsibility to look after themselves, and the manners to mind their business when it comes to other people.

    (I’m still in a rage after the Sindo’s “Don’t hate me because I’m thin” palaver…)

  • Hermione says:

    Rosemary – Most things in the Sindo could put me in a rage! When was this article published or do you remember who wrote it? I’ll have to look it up later!

    I think whatever the motivation, be it looks or whatever, that gets people to look after their health is a good thing. Thin isn’t necessarily the same as healthy – that’s why I prefer shows like OT where they stress the need to be fit at the end, not just to be able to wear size 10 jeans. Being healthy is much better than being thin and unhealthy.

  • Ems says:

    Won’t be watching this as G Ryan annoys me

  • PinkPanther says:

    I guess we can all just flick the cahnnel or turn of the TV if we don’t like it mind :)

  • Velveteen says:

    Hermione…..the article that Rosemary referred to was in Life Magazine on Sunday just gone. As far as I can remember it was Niamh Horan who wrote the piece!!!!

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