Who is Honey Boo Boo?
Alana Thompson who herself and her family starred in ‘Here comes Honey Boo Boo‘ which was an American TV series that aired in 2014. Associate her pictures with the fans on social media they not only trace the actor but some of them started body-shaming despite her efforts to lose weight. Her story has created hype over the internet that how she lost a lot of weight due to this body shaming.
|Nicknames||Honey Boo Boo, Swamp mama|
|Date of Birth||August 28, 2005|
|Home||Mclntyre GA / Hampton, Georgia|
|Occupation||Reality TV star|
|Parents||June Shannon (mother), Mike “sugar bear” Thompson (father)|
|Siblings||Lauryn Shannon, Jessica Shannon, Anna Cardwell|
|TV Shows||Here comes Honey Boo Boo (2013), Mama June: From Not to Hot (2021), Toddlers and Tiaras (2012), Dancing with the stars (2018)|
Honey Boo Boo’s Mother – Mama June: Motivation Behind Her Weight Loss Journey
In 2017 Mama June was being all over the internet due to her weight loss story. About 40% of Americans are obese and 18.5 % of them have to suffer from obesity in their childhood due to their living options and unhealthy lifestyle. The headlines of mama June’s story were shown when she decided to lose weight. Her extreme weight of 460 pounds became a health challenge for her and she had to go through gastric bypass surgery due to it and that is when she decided to go thin.
She not only worked endlessly to lose weight but lost nearly 300 pounds due to her exceptional diet program and her motivation. From the time she returned to a healthy lifestyle, she was determined to not let her children fall prey to obesity too. That was the time when Alana Thompson was also on a no grease diet and that was the start and motivation behind her weight loss journey.
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Early Life and Childhood:
We have been adoring and watching Honey Boo Boo since she starred in “Toddlers and Tiaras“ which was a pageant show for kids. Just being 5 years old child actor, she grasped the interest of audience and would have them stuck to the TV screens. From the show “Here comes honey Boo Boo” she got fame in the industry and ten years later, she is now a teenager with an inspirational weight loss story that became a lesson and a message of hope for many youngsters throughout America.
The show premiered in 2012 and ended exactly after two years. It showed a behind the scene look in the pageantry world.
Fame and Weight Loss Story:
When mama June starred in the show alongside Alana Thompson, ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot‘ both of the actresses lost a huge amount of weight during this time. Mama June was suffering from drug issues and that caused the family to fall apart but she turned her life upside down for her family and kids. Her daughter who is 15 now, also started to lose weight following in her mother’s footsteps.
9-Years Old Alana (2014):
Alana’s mom knew because of her own struggles with weight loss that if her daughter would not start eating healthy from a younger age, she would end up like her at an older age risking her family. The time both realized this was when Alana was still young and could have controlled her weight. At the age of 9, she already weighed 125 pounds. She and her mom were body-shamed constantly throughout the show and maybe this criticism also became a reason that pushed them both on a weight loss journey.
Her mom was being blamed for her unhealthy eating habits as Alana’s uncle claimed that he never saw her cooking something healthy for Alana. The consequences of weight gain are not just body shaming and criticism but also this extra weight put pressure on the heart and lungs increasing the risk of developing respiratory problems. Respiratory problems may include asthma and difficulty in breathing.
Travis Stork and Alana’s Interview:
Alana and her mom were invited to a famous medical series that was called, ‘The Doctors‘ to discuss her unhealthy eating habits and how they can change them. Dr. Travis was concerned about Alana’s health as she was at the risk of being diabetic if she continues to put on weight and eat unhealthily.
The doctors on the show told Alana that she needed to lose 65 pounds to be healthy. Doctors convinced Alana that eating healthy does not mean eating tasteless food and the things that she did not like.
Her favorite food that was fried chicken was still made for her by the doctors but with a healthy touch. The chicken was rolled in oat and wheat flour and was baked instead of frying it.
Alana was put in the obese category by the doctors because of her diet that contained a lot of calories and rich in sugar food. Alana was then seeing a pediatric immunologist, Dr. Danica Schulte for her asthma. She told Alana that her asthma is out of control and should be managed.
The doctor suggested that eating healthy would improve asthma more than using medicines and inhalers. This was the time when Alana started eating healthy and followed her mother to embark on a weight loss journey.
12 Years Old Alana (2017):
This was the time when Alana was greatly inspired by her mother’s weight loss show and story and started to consider having her own weight loss show. It was easy being on a show as the family had a history of acting together but the hardest thing was to put Alana on a healthy diet and drifting her away from her usual unhealthy routine where she eats junk food and whenever she wants to.
Being a teenager, it was very difficult to understand for her that how unhealthy it is to continue junk food and unhealthy eating habits. Her mom had a cause that was her family but she was still confused why and for whom she needs to follow a strict dieting schedule and to lose weight.
I’m not jumping on any bandwagon unless it has cheeseburgers and stuff.
15 Years Old Alana (2020):
This was the time when Alana started to consider her weight loss journey seriously and even started a Fab Fit Fun subscription box in the year 2020. For that reason, she started to stay at her sister’s house. She became aware of the fact that she is now a teenager and must be aware of the fact that people would be now critical of the way she looks and how she manages it.
Not only this, now it has been 5 years that she visited the doctors and they prescribed her to be more concerned about her health as she was at the risk of being diabetic and having bad asthmatic problems.
About the fact that she has been body-shamed throughout history, she had to say that there would still be body shamers and they continue criticism even if you are the thinnest of all.
Alana Now in 2021 and Her Positivty:
Alana has always been positive throughout the past and has been smiling throughout the hardships and pains that she has suffered. This is also a reason that she is being loved and praised by her fans for being that positive. She has still been living with her elder sister as her mother has been accused of using drugs but now, she has been clean through the last year and the fans are also eager to know about the future decisions of her life and the choices she is going to make.
Interaction With The Fans:
Most of the interaction between Alana and her fans takes place through her Instagram profile as she is really open and bold over there. She posts stories about what she is up to and also gives out information about her dieting and healthy food intake. She also posts about her upcoming projects and the projects she has been working in.
Her posts are a way through which she interacts and keeps the fan engagement with her life. She is an epitome of positivity and has been smiling throughout the hardships and pains.
She has over 913k followers on Instagram and goes with the username “honeybooboo”. Her account has been verified by Instagram and that is why her following has been increasing throughout the time she created her profile.
Many people who watched the show and even those who didn’t watch her shows but have knowledge about her life were inspired to live a healthy life and switch to healthy eating habits due to her struggles. Her mom had gone through surgery to shed 300 pounds but because she is just 15 and cannot go through surgery, maybe she opts for it in the near future but right now her focus is on being positive, handling criticism, and considering healthy eating.