This Morning: “Dangerous” and “irresponsible” interview sparks official complaints


(via ITV)

An interview on ITV breakfast show, This Morning, has sparked almost 2000 complaints for the network.

Warning: This piece deals with the topic of restrictive diets and calorie counting that some may find triggering. For information on support available, see the bottom of this piece.

The interview in question was with Dr Michael Mosley, who appeared on the show in February to advocate for an 800-calories-a-day diet to ‘lose lockdown pounds.’

In the interview, Dr Mosley claimed that ‘rapid weightloss’ on a diet of 800-1000 calories a day can be ‘safe and effective,’ comments that immediately sparked backlash. 

As Dr Mosley shared some recipe options for this low-calorie diet, hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary certainly appeared to be questioning it themselves. Giggling, Alison said “I can’t wait to come round to your house, Dr Mosely,” while Dermot laughed.

Dr Mosely appeared on This Morning to discuss ‘rapid weight loss.’

Now, the broadcasting authority in the UK, Ofcom, has confirmed that it has received a total of 1,932 in relation to the interview. It will now look at the programme to determine whether any further investigation is required. 

At the time, the interview received backlash on Twitter, with many people expressing concern that promoting such a low-calorie diet could be extremely damaging and triggering for those who may be battling eating disorders. 

One person writes “There is no way This Morning are promoting eating 800-1000 calories a day on Eating Disorder Awareness week. So irresponsible.”

Another said “Angry to see this section of the show encouraging adults to eat no more than 800 calories calories a day to ‘lose lockdown pounds’, quickly. Normalising calorie restriction such as this can be the start of life-risking eating disorders for many.”

Another comment “Absolutely abhorrent that they’ve given this man a platform to advise people to stick to 800-1000 calories a day if they want to lose weight. This is so so dangerous and really fucking irresponsible.”

This isn’t the first time that Dr Mosely’s weight loss methods have faced backlash. 

He was involved in the controversial Channel 4 show, Lose A Stone in 21 Days, which saw participants take part in the same 800-calorie diet in order to lose weight.

Speaking about the show at the time, Channel 4 told Metro “The series examines the evidenced link between Covid-19 and the very real threat it poses to those who have a BMI in the obese or overweight categories, as highlighted by a recent study led by Liverpool University and involving Imperial College London that found obese people are around 37 per cent more likely to die if they catch Covid-19.”

It continued “All episodes clearly state that a short-term 800-1000 calorie diet is only suitable for people whose BMI puts them in the overweight or obese categories and that it should be done with proper medical supervision. The health and welfare of each contributor is of paramount importance to both Channel 4 and the production company and strict guidelines were followed before, during and after filming.”

It added “A number of health checks were undertaken on contributors before they embarked on the regime and support is ongoing. The continuity announcer directed viewers to programme support information after the broadcast.”

Meanwhile, eating disorder charity Beat advised that anyone who is battling an eating disorder should avoid watching the show. 

Get Help and Support

The Samaritans

You can call the Samaritans helpline at 116 123 or email jo@samartians.org. Please note that emails have a response time of 24 hours.

Bodywhys

Bodywhys is the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland. You can call their helpline on  01 2107906 on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday 7.30pm-9.30pm or Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm.

You can also email alex@bodywhys.ie.

See more support services here.

The Eating Disorders Association Northern Ireland

You can call the EDANI 24 hour helpline on 028 90 235959. If you would prefer to be contacted by email, you can fill out a contact form here.

To read about more support services available, head here.





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