operation Transformation is back on RTE screens and is more popular than ever, with over half a million viewers tuning in to the first episode last Tuesday.
For one of the shows star’s, Portarlington Clinical Psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy, it is a busy time as he balances his work with the HSE and his private practice with the two days he is dedicating to the show, not to mention his popular weekly column with the Leinster Express.
He relishes the opportunity that Operation Transformation gives him to positively influence people’s lives.
“This show will help me impact on more people than my entire career, even if 10 per cent of viewers make some positive changes to their lives. It’s a nice way to communicate to a lot of people. There are a lot of positive things about Operation Transformation. Currently there is so much negativity, but this show empowers people, groups and communities, there is a message for individuals and for the country as a whole. No matter where we are, we can move to a better place,” he says.
Speaking last Wednesday, he had just finished a shoot with one of the leaders.
“People think it is pre-recorded but that shoot will be aired next Tuesday” he says.
In it’s sixth year, RTE’s Operation Transformation will air twice a week this year, on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 8.30pm, presented by Kathryn Thomas. Along with Dr Eddie’s help, the five participants are encouraged to lose weight by Karl Henry, fitness expert and Dr Eva Orsmond.
The programme changes each year according to the individual leaders he says.
“There are new challenges for the different leaders, they all have high weight, low fitness issues, but each has a different emotional journey, for example this year we have someone with active depression. I will be looking at how low mood impacts diet, eating out of boredom, secret eating, and looking at mindfulness and cognitive therapy,” he said.
He is mindful of balance in his own life too, with a wife and two young sons, while running to stay healthy.
“I ran the Dublin City Marathon this year, so I was very pleased with that.
“I set my own goals, finding a balance between work and family life. Through my work I have been asked to do a number of talks for community groups on topics like bullying, and they have been well received,” he says.
The show encourages participation from groups as well as the individual leaders.
“It has only started, so I would encourage people in communities, workplaces, families, to connect up and form a group, get involved and ultimately change their lives,” says Dr Eddie.