Dear Mama June,
I know you have taken a lot of heat since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo debuted. Many people just don't appreciate how, um, unique your family is. Well, let me start by saying that I get a kick out of every minute of that show. I love how you tell it like it is and you teach your girls not to be ashamed of who they are. However, there is something you really need to "redneckognize" -- you are standing by while little Alana kills herself one cheese ball at a time.
I know you adore your kids. In fact, there is probably not a more loving reality TV mom. It's especially great how you've taught them the importance of being themselves. Many other mothers may snub their nose at the behavior you let them get away with, but every time you all engage in a belch or fart fest, I just remember one of my Granny Ethel's favorite quips: "There's more room out than in." It's true. There is.
Though, your relaxed attitude about Honey Boo Boo's health is putting her life in danger. It sounds melodramatic, I know. But it's true. Alana recently received a lot of attention for the Facebook photo of her holding a large bag of Skittles and wearing a snug Hello Kitty nightgown. To say the comments were hateful is an understatement. There's never a reason to call a kid names or poke fun at their size. That's just wrong. But fact of the matter is, her weight could become a real problem if she doesn't learn to eat healthier and exercise now. Childhood obesity can put you at risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even several types of cancer in adulthood.
I'm not one of those moms who think kids (boys or girls) should be stick thin. That's not healthy either. But childhood obesity is a serious problem in this country. June, I love your "we are who we are, take it or leave it" attitude. A lot of parents put unbelievable pressure on their kids to be perfect and that’s just as bad as ignoring health risks. Honey Boo Boo is a sweet, beautiful girl. I just want her to grow up to be a healthy woman. Don't you?
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