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Concerns raised over ‘disgraceful’ UK reality show hitting Australian TV screens

Leading psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has raised concerns about new reality dating show Love Island.

The Australian version of the hit British show will premiere on 9Go on Sunday night.

It features a cast of contestants looking for “romance, passion and hopefully the one”.

But Mr Carr-Gregg said it sends the wrong message to young people struggling with body image.

“I don’t want to ban it, yet,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“It’s been going in the UK since 2006, essentially it’s a program about size 8 girls and over-sexed meatheads with six packs.

“I think it’s going to display, and I’m delighted if I’m wrong, terrible attitudes towards women.

“Women are all in bikinis, basically it’s an oestrogen buffet for the boys – it’s disgraceful.”

Mr Carr-Gregg said he will be watching when it premieres on Sunday to see if it’s to a higher standard than the original.

“I hope they put a twist on it, and make it more civilised,” he said.

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