Mama June's Mommy-Daughter Outing Sparks Debate About Honey Boo Boo's Weight

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Hollywood and society alike are obsessed about weight. Tons of people flip through magazines to read up on the "most dramatic" celeb weight transformations while adding in their two cents about other stars and their bodies. It seems the interwebs have their eyes fixated on a certain reality family as Mama June and Honey Boo Boo's latest public appearance has critics chiming in on the 12-year-old's weight -- sparking a debate about whether or not she's "obese."

  • Mama June and Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson recently spoke at the AOL Build Speaker Series in New York.

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  • The event was one of Mama June's first public appearances since her From Not to Hot show hinted at her battle with gaining back the weight she lost.

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    "... I have gained some weight back. I've gained about 25 pounds," Mama June admitted about her weight to AOL Build. "But in the last six months, I've had a lot of surgeries. It's been very emotionally and physically draining on me, just the whole process -- having to live with that image. But to me, when I first came out, I thought I was super skinny. I've never been down to like 150-something. Never."

    Mama June acknowledges her weight gain and feels pressure to keep it at a certain number. "My goal when I was losing weight was always not to go under 200 [pounds], or not to go over 200, vice versa," she revealed to AOL Build. "I'm happy where I'm at. And yes, I feel like I do need to lose 15 pounds, but not being able to get up and laying in the bed the last six months with eye surgery, has been very difficult. I've been hard on myself looking at the scale every day making sure it doesn't go over what I don't want it to go over."

  • While all eyes seemed to be on Mama June, many quickly fixated on Honey Boo Boo and her appearance.

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    Kind people of the world once called Honey Boo Boo "fat" during a red carpet appearance with her family earlier this year ... so we're not surprised by these comments.

  • And it's sparking a debate about Mama June's parenting.

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  • ... and whether or not the 12-year-old is "extremely overweight."

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    This isn't the first time Honey Boo Boo's weight came into question.

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  • People seem concerned about Honey Boo Boo's health at her size.

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  • But not everyone feels the same and love her the way she is.

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  • Honey Boo Boo is going through adolescence which is crazy enough as is without so much commentary about her weight.

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    Yes, health is important -- life-saving even. But chastising someone likely isn't the best response.

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