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Bobs
https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/20/fred-sirieixs-bbc-restaurant-burns-off-calories-uproar-12585110/amp/
15 year old D. Started to feel low summer 2019. Fall out with friends October 2019. Depressed, self-harming and suicidal from January 2020. Diagnosed with AN July 2020. Slowly coming out of it and feeling hopeful for the future.
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Foodsupport_AUS
I have no words for how ridiculous a premise this is for a show. Who, why, how does this help anyone? I hope someone loses a lot of money over the making and marketing. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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MarcellaUK
It's a BBC show so public money will have gone into commissioning this. It probably could win a prize for the worst title, but it is far from the only such rubbish out there. You can put in a complaint to the BBC here  https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/complaints/make-a-complaint/#/Complaint
Fiona Marcella UK
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MKR
Another pseudo-science show, just to get viewers in.
I am shocked at these ideas ever being heard, let alone funded!
Mum's Kitchen

14-y-o "healthy living" led to AN in 2017 and WR at 16. Current muscle dysmorphia.
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Bobs
Thing that really gets my goat is that the female presenter is a working GP. Scary that she thought the concept was a good one..
Thanks for the link to complain Fiona. 
15 year old D. Started to feel low summer 2019. Fall out with friends October 2019. Depressed, self-harming and suicidal from January 2020. Diagnosed with AN July 2020. Slowly coming out of it and feeling hopeful for the future.
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Seashell
Not that it’ll do anything but I’ve sent in my complaint to BBC. Thanks for link. Agree about how depressing it is that a GP fronts it.  
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Bobs
I’ve sent in my complaint too. There has been a big backlash on twitter so hopefully lessons will be learned...
15 year old D. Started to feel low summer 2019. Fall out with friends October 2019. Depressed, self-harming and suicidal from January 2020. Diagnosed with AN July 2020. Slowly coming out of it and feeling hopeful for the future.
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mid73
I didn’t watch this, just seeing the description in the tv listings made me so angry! 
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Seashell

Just received this. The standard reply the BBC is sending out to any complaints about the programme. Clearly they've never heard of validation...



Thank you for contacting us about Horizon: The Restaurant that Burns Off Calories, broadcast on 20th April. In order to allow us to reply promptly and to ensure we use our licence fee resources efficiently, our initial response is being sent to everyone who has contacted us about this programme.

This programme set out to give viewers information about the latest research into the science of calories and explores at length the environmental, genetic and biological factors that may explain why some people are pre-disposed to carry more weight than others. The aim is to offer viewers clear and accurate information about calories and how our bodies deal with them so that they can make their own informed choices when it comes to diet and nutrition.

The programme explains how many calories we need and there is never any suggestion that people should reduce their intake below the government’s recommendations for remaining healthy. The programme never singles out any individual or group for being overweight.

The section which sees people in the gym burning off diners’ calories is part of an exploration of recent studies by both US and UK academics which suggest that diners may make healthier choices when presented with information about how much activity is required to burn off the calorie content of dishes. The programme doesn’t suggest that viewers should be attempting to burn off all calories through exercise, but looks at whether a different approach to food labelling might have an impact on calorie intake. We hear from a number of guests who say this won’t prevent them from treating themselves to the things they like.

We hope this helps and we thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Kind regards,

BBC Complaints Team
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints
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MKR
Hi @Seashell,

Thank you for sending your complaint and for sharing their response. I agree, it doesn't seem there is any validation.

I may add that the BBC Complaints Team gave a very legalistic "it's up to you" response. Their main concern seems to be avoiding potential lawsuit, rather than avoiding a huge effect on the health of vulnerable people.  They seem unaware that people who are genetically predisposed for eating disorders cannot simply make informed choices. Programmes like these actually inform and fuel the ED and push the person into a viscious circle of BMI numbers, calories, kilometres.
Mum's Kitchen

14-y-o "healthy living" led to AN in 2017 and WR at 16. Current muscle dysmorphia.
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