I suppose it was only a matter of time, but it finally happened. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Alana Thompson has realized she is overweight. And the mom who caused it all has laid the blame on her daughter's shoulders.
Sorry, America, but this is the reason we have a childhood obesity crisis. It isn't because our kids eat too much. It's because we LET THEM eat too much.
Little Honey Boo Boo told Mama June that she was "a little chunky" in a recent episode. There's nothing quite as sad as a little kid realizing they're overweight. It's a sad moment, and the people who have made fun of her weight should be ashamed of themselves. And yet, she's right.
Alana is overweight. But Mama's response -- telling her she needs to cut the chicken nuggets she so loves -- gets under my skin.
We need to teach our kids to make good choices, but that shouldn't come after they're already struggling with a weight problem. She's a kid! It's not HER fault she's overweight!
You watch Honey Boo Boo, and all you see is junk food. Mama makes "sketti," which is basically a mix of ketchup and butter heated up in the microwave and spread over spaghetti, and that's supposed to represent a solid meal. They go to the auctions to get food on the cheap and come home with loads of chocolate chip cookies. Cheese puffs abound. These kids don't have the chance to make good food choices because there isn't anything "good" to choose from.
There's obviously hope for this kid because she is only 7, and she can change her eating habits. Any kid can be taught to eat healthy. But it takes a parent who is committed to raising a healthy eater to make it happen. Until Mama June kicks the junk food out of her house, there's only so much Alana can do.
How have you worked with your kids to maintain a healthy weight?
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