An award-winning television programme has come under fire after putting naked adults in front of a crowd of children aged 11 to 13 to “promote body positivity and combat body-shaming”.

Ultra Strips Down, which airs on Danish channel DR Ultra, seeks to challenge the idea that there are perfect body types by exposing all shapes of adults to young children.

A recent episode focused on skin and hair featured schoolkids facing five adults who threw off their bathrobes and stood naked in front of them.

“At what age did you grow hair on the lower part of your body?” one asked.

Another questioned: “Do you consider removing your tattoos?

The show sees an audience of school kids watch as adults strip off
The show sees an audience of school kids watch as adults strip off

And a third child asked: “Are you pleased with your private parts?”

The show has proven hugely popular in Denmark, where nudity isn’t as taboo or sensitive as other parts of the world.

It even won an award for best children’s programme at the Danish TV Festival.

But after a clip from the episode was posted to Facebook by the TV show, there has been backlash online.

A naked woman on the show
The children can ask the adults anything they like

“The show claims to teach kids about different body types by exposing them to naked adults,” activist Obianuju Ekeocha wrote on Twitter.

“Why? Why are there now so many pushing to destroy children?”

Another said: “This is so heartbreaking. What happened to the innocence of childhood?”

As the New York Times reports, a leading member of the right-wing Danish People’s Party, Peter Skaarup, has also slammed the show for “depraving children”.

The adults stripping off in front of the children
The adults stripping off in front of the children

He added that it was “far too early” to expose youngsters to the sort of approach seen.

But some supported the concept, with one writing: "Children have to learn about anatomy at some point, and they are being exposed to far, far worse via the internet, at much younger ages than this."

In response to the criticisms, the channel reiterated that it was “educational TV for kids and families who can have a healthy talk about what bodies look like.”