‘I understand’ Dr Amir Khan addresses backlash sparked by show with Ruth Langsford

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Dr Amir Khan has spoken out on the backlash he received over the Channel 5 programme Drop A Stone In A Month, which he fronts alongside Ruth Langsford, 61. The GP, who has been a guest host on ITV’s Lorraine, revealed he “understands” the criticism aimed at the programme, as weight loss is a “really complicated” subject matter.

Opening up on some social media users who had labelled the show “irresponsible”, Dr Amir Khan told Express.co.uk: “You know what, weight loss is really complicated. It’s really sensitive.

“I would say, you know, a quick kind of start to weight loss, and then sustain through nutrition and movement is okay. 

“I understand the criticism of that programme, I really do,” he finished.

The programme aired on Channel 5 back in November and saw a group of overweight food lovers going on some of the most extreme diets to lose their extra pounds fast.

One of the hopefuls, Emma, was put on an 800 calories a day diet, which was a lot less than she was eating before.

By the end of the programme, which was previously called Lose a Stone for Christmas, all those taking part managed to shed at least a stone.

Between them, the four dieters lost five stone and five pounds.

Emma, on the 800-calorie diet, lost more than any of the others, dropping one stone and eight pounds, while losing over six inches off her waist.

But on Twitter, a number of viewers criticised the programme and accused it of “pushing fad diets”.

One said: “How to Lose a Stone Before Christmas should be ashamed advertising an 800-calorie diet.”

Another said: “@channel5_tv Why are you pushing fad diets?”

A fifth said: “Just turned over to How to Lose a Stone and they’ve put someone on a liquid master cleanse and 800 cals on non-liquid days. Bit irresponsible, ain’t it @channel5_tv?”

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However, others took the programme light-heartedly.

One said: “@DrAmirKhanGP good to see you on #channel5, How to Lose a Stone in a Month, brilliant (just put the biscuit down! Haha) #teambradford.”

Another joked, alongside a thumbs up emoji: “Watching How to Lose a Stone for Christmas while stuffing my face with crisps.”

However, despite dividing opinion, the show returned back in June for another series, entitled Lose A Stone In 4 Weeks For Summer.

Outside of his TV work, Dr Amir works at a GP practice in Bradford and has released a new chapter of his bestselling book, The Doctor Will See You Now: The Highs and Lows of My Life as an NHS GP.

Threaded together with his trademark compassion and warmth, Dr Khan’s stories are as much about community and care as they are about blood tests, waiting times, or government coronavirus swab tests. 

The relationship between patient and GP is key to our health and to the NHS’s overall success, even if it’s just a 10-minute consultation.

As he cares for his patients, the book meets those who have taught him about love, loss, and family – from a pregnant woman about to give birth in the middle of the surgery, and a vulnerable child who will need continuous care, to the delicacy and tenderness required to help a family navigate the pain of a devastating loss. 

In the star’s heart-warming, unputdownable, access-all-areas account, now updated to chronicle his experiences of how the coronavirus pandemic tested a GP surgery, Dr Khan uncovers the very human experiences that connect us all.

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