Doctor to say sorry for TV show rant

The doctor who reduced a dieter to tears on Operation Transformation has promised that she will apologise to the contestant on the show tonight.

The tough love dispensed by Dr Eva Orsmond on the RTÉ series last week to a crying Charlotte O’Connell sparked a flood of angry phone calls to the station from viewers.

The weight-loss expert admitted she has been rattled by the reaction to her straight talking, and had been considering leaving the programme in recent days.

However, the medical doctor said she intends to apologise to the 23-year-old for harshly telling her to cop on and wipe her tears after coming up half a pound short of her target weight last week.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Saturday Night Show, she said: “I will be apologising when I see her face-to-face. I would like to do that in exactly the same situation live on Monday. I did make the wrong judgment.”

When asked if she had thought about leaving the show, Dr Orsmond said: “I have been thinking about it. It’s been very stressful. I wouldn’t like people to think I’m that type of person because I’m not. I’m very caring.”

She said her outburst stemmed from her frustration at the obesity crisis among young adults.

“As a medical doctor, I should not have spoken to Charlotte in that way but I was not only speaking to her, but I was also speaking to all those young people and parents who are sitting in denial at home and looking at their children’s growing waistline.

She said that she believes her no-nonsense approach stems from her Scandinavian background. “I think it was too harsh but you need to remember I have a little bit of a different background and I would say things more straight. You Irish people... do say things very nicely.”

The Finnish doctor said she feels she has developed a certain persona as a tough judge. However, she does not consider her words are bullying.

“Now I think I know what bullying is myself, because I was bullied myself when I was a child. I don’t think it’s bullying to say something straight.”

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